This NH Man Got Drunk, Carjacked a Vehicle, and Had Multiple Crashes All Before 10 a.m., Police Say
Officers arrested a New Hampshire man wanted in three communities after he stole two vehicles and was involved in several drunken-driving hit-and-runs, police said.
On Tuesday at 9 a.m. Manchester police responded to the Gulf Express at 21 Main St. A man told officers he had been stopped at the intersection of Granite and Second streets when a man approached him with a wood stake used to mark for plowing and ordered him to get out of the car. The driver refused to get out of his vehicle and said the man then hit the car with the stake before fleeing toward Main Street on foot, police said. The victim tried to follow the man but he lost him around West High School.
Seventeen minutes later, the same officer responded to 218 Main St. where he found a woman who said she had been warming up her car and clearing off snow when a male matching the description of the man involved in the earlier incident came running up Flaherty Lane with a wood stake in his hand. He threw the stake on the ground and jumped into her 2008 Hyundai Elantra and drove off, police said.
A few minutes later, officers responded to reports of a vehicle that had crashed into a building at 152 S. Main Street. The vehicle was the stolen Hyundai.
A witness told police the vehicle passed her on the left in the oncoming lane at a high rate of speed before losing control and hitting the building. A second witness said a suspect fitting the same description as earlier ran up to another car stopped in traffic and told the driver to get out but that person didn't listen and the suspect fled on foot to the Walgreens Parking Lot at the corner of South Main and Varney streets where he stole a vehicle a woman and her juvenile daughter had been sitting in. The woman told police the man opened her driver’s door, shouldered his way into the car and told them to get out. They climbed out of the passenger side door unharmed.
The suspect fled the parking lot in the 2016 gray Ford Escape, which was later involved in multiple hit-and-run crashes in Derry and Hudson, police said.
Around 9:35 a.m. a person flagged down a Hudson officer for a hit-and-run on Central Street involving the Ford. Officers found the same vehicle in a snowbank on Central Street near Belknap Road. Witnesses told police they saw a white man running from the area. Police found the man, later identified as Anthony Plourde, 22, of an unknown address, at a nearby Cumberland Farms.
Police learned the Ford had been involved in a hit-and-run on Central Street by Lawrence Road when the vehicle had been driving westbound and began to pass a Chrysler 200 on the left before sideswiping it. No one in the Chrysler was injured. The second collision happened 2 miles west of the first at Central and Greeley streets when the Ford hit a Kia Soul in the eastbound, left turning lane on Central Street. The Kia had rear driver's side damage and had to be towed. Emergency crews also evaluated the driver for a possible minor injury.
During the investigation, Hudson officers learned of a "be on the lookout" bulletin from Manchester police about possible carjackings in that city and determined it was the same vehicle Plourde had been driving and crashed, police said.
Plourde is charged in Hudson with felony receiving stolen property, felony reckless conduct, felony conduct after an accident, misdemeanor conduct after an accident, and driving while intoxicated.
Manchester police said Plourde will be charged with two counts of class A felony stolen motor vehicle, one count of simple assault, one count of conduct after an accident and one count of criminal mischief.
A message has been left for Derry police regarding charges and details of the hit-and-run in that town.
A court date has not yet been set for Plourde.