High-speed chase ends in arrest in Manchester

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MANCHESTER –– A high-speed motor vehicle pursuit ended in an arrest late Sunday night, according to the New Hampshire State Police.

Trooper Billy Moran initiated a traffic stop for a speed violation on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Bedford around 10:10 p.m. on October 15.

The motorist, later identified as 42-year-old Nicholas Soukaras of Nashua, refused to identify himself and fled the scene.

Soukaras led authorities on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds of over 100 MPH as he headed northbound toward Manchester on Interstate 293.

The chase continued through the Millyard and Front Street, with Soukaras reversing direction and dousing his headlights to evade the pursuing trooper.

After entering a residential neighborhood, Soukaras drove into a driveway and attempted to escape by driving across the front lawn.

This resulted in a minor collision with the trooper’s cruiser. Soukaras continued to accelerate until he hit a raised curb, forcing his vehicle to stop.

Soukaras then fled his vehicle on foot, but was later apprehended by the Manchester Police Department with the help of an overhead drone.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

Soukaras was held on preventative detention and faces charges of Reckless Conduct, Disobeying an Officer, Resisting Arrest, and several motor vehicle violations.

He is set to be arraigned in the Hillsborough County Superior Court on Monday morning.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Trooper Billy Moran at (603) 223-4381.

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