2 Chases, A Week on the Run, and 257 Bags of Heroin Later, Police Nab Suspect
WESTMINSTER, Vt. — A high-speed car chase and weeklong search for a suspect resulted in the arrest of a man Thursday
On Dec. 21 at 11:30 p.m., the Brattleboro Police spotted a vehicle with people wanted by state police in an ongoing investigation.
The vehicle did not stop for the police and continued north on Route 5 into Dummerston, and the officers engaged in a pursuit in Westminster that lasted for about 15 miles and hit speeds of up to 130 mph in a 50 mph zone.
Soon, the vehicle crossed into Walpole, New Hampshire, and Walpole police joined in the chase.
The chase ended when the car crashed into several parked cars and a home at the intersection of Main and Kileen streets in North Walpole. The two people inside the vehicle, identified as Chelsea Ovaitte, 22, and Jacob McAllister, 26, both of Westminster, fled on foot, police said.
Ovaitte was found hiding under a truck with a broken collarbone and was taken to a nearby hospital.
On Tuesday, police executed a search warrant for the car McAllister was driving. The police found 257 bags of heroin in the car in addition to a substantial amount of cash and suspected stolen property.
On Thursday, police pulled over a vehicle they thought McAllister was driving near Santa's Land on Route 5 in Putney. The driver ran off when the car was pulled over. The Windham County Sheriff's Department along with Vermont State Police and several other departments searched for the driver, finding footprints in the snow that led to a garage. A Bellows Falls police officer found McAllister inside the garage.
Police charged McAllister with grossly negligent operation, excessive speed, attempting to elude, operating while criminally suspended, violation of conditions of release, and trafficking heroin. He was released on new court-ordered conditions of release with an arraignment date of Jan. 16. Oviatte was charged with violation of conditions of release on Dec. 21. She now faces a charge of trafficking heroin. She is currently being held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
It's not the first time this month McAllister and Ovaitte ran into trouble with law enforcement. Both were arrested Dec. 13 when a search warrant was executed at their home and officers found a felony amount of heroin belonging to McAllister, police said. At the time, Ovaitte had two active warrants for her arrest and McAllister had court issued conditions of release from a prior arrest that prohibited him from possessing regulated drugs without a prescription and from contact with Ovaitte.