'Flailing His Arms and Walking in Circles': Homeless Man Likely High on Drugs Crashes Stolen Car
MANCHESTER — A homeless man is facing a slew of charges after crashing a stolen car and running from police all while allegedly under the influence of drugs.
Officials say early Tuesday morning they witnessed a man get out of a 2004 Buick LeSabre near the gas pumps at 7-Eleven on Maple Street in Manchester. The man, later identified as Jason Smith, 35, began acting erratically, "flailing his arms and walking in circles." Smith left the vehicle at the gas pump and walked away, only to return 10 minutes later as a passenger in another vehicle.
Smith then got behind the wheel of the Buick and began driving north on Maple Street. Officers attempted to pull the car over for failing to use turn signals, but Smith sped up and ultimately crashed the car behind 53 Hooksett Road.
Smith then took off on foot but was apprehended by police behind 921 Beech St.
Once he was in custody, police spoke to the owner of the Buick who said he knew Smith but did not allow Smith to take his car. Smith was initially taken to the hospital as a precaution since he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
As a result Smith was charged with several crimes including reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving after suspension/revocation, resisting arrest/detention, criminal mischief, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol and conduct after an accident.
Smith was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.