Man leads police on high speed chase with rented car in Plymouth

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PLYMOUTH — Police say a 22-year-old man from Connecticut was arrested in Plymouth last month.

On December 8, authorities were monitoring traffic on I-93 north when a vehicle passed their location traveling at 101 miles-per-hour.

The trooper pulled out behind the vehicle and it had accelerated to 127 miles-per-hour.

Police say a motor vehicle pursuit ensued on I-93 through Sanbornton, Meredith, New Hampton, and Plymouth.

The vehicle traveled at excessive speeds, exhibited lane control issues, and extinguished its lights while driving in attempts to evade police.

A trooper from New Hampshire State Police was ultimately able to deploy a tire deflation device.

The pursuit exited the interstate into the town of Plymouth, and was terminated on Tenney Mountain Highway.

A short time later, the vehicle was located, unoccupied.

Through investigative efforts in the following days and weeks, a suspect was identified and arrest warrants were obtained.

The suspect is alleged to have utilized a common phone application named “Turo” to rent a vehicle from the owning citizen prior to engaging in the motor vehicle pursuit.

This application is best described as “Airbnb” for vehicles.

Yesterday, police arrested the suspect, Benjamin Saxon, of E. Hartford, CT.

Saxon is being charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use, rented property, falsifying physical evidence, alter, destroy, hide, and disobeying an officer.

He was released on personal recognizance bail with a Belknap Superior court date of February 16.

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