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Police Chief Arrests Seat-Swapping Pair After Car Chase

One of the two was found with a large quantity of cocaine



    Police Chief Arrests Seat-Swapping Pair After Car Chase
    Salem Police
    Hannah Legard, left, and Philip Wetmore were arrested by Salem Police on Monday.

    The police chief in Salem, New Hampshire, arrested two people following a car chase on Monday night.

    Salem Police said Chief Paul Donovan observed a vehicle traveling 90 mph on Veterans Memorial Parkway around 10:35 p.m. on Monday.

    Donovan activated his emergency lights, but the vehicle refused to stop. He followed the vehicle as it slowed to a speed of around 30 mph. He then saw the male driver change positions with the female passenger so that she was now driving.

    As additional patrol units joined the chase, the vehicle slowed to 5 mph and eventually came to a stop on Lawrence Road in the area of the South Salem Fire Station.

    The female driver, Hannah Legard, 24, of Durham, was taken into custody without incident. The male passenger, Philip Wetmore, 24, of Salem initially refused to exit the vehicle and was ultimately removed and taken into custody.

    Once back at the police station, Legard admitted that she had a large amount of cocaine concealed on her. She handed over nine bags of cocaine and eight Suboxone pills. She was charged with allowing an improper person to drive a vehicle, possession of cocaine, possession of Suboxone and disobeying an officer.

    Wetmore was charged with operating after being declared a habitual offender, disobeying a police officer, resisting arrest/detention and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

    Legard refused the services of a bail commissioner and Wetmore was held without bail on a probation hold from an unrelated incident. Both were taken to Rockingham County Jaill and were scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Salem District Court.

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