A New Hampshire man was arrested on drunken driving charges for the second time in two days after leading police on a four-town motor vehicle chase on Monday morning.
Richard M. Shaw, 47, of Rochester, is charged with 2nd offense driving while intoxicated, reckless operation, disobeying an officer, resisting arrest, possession of an open container and possession of a controlled drug. He was held on $5,000 cash bail pending arraignment in Portsmouth Circuit Court.
The chase began around 11:30 a.m. when New Hampshire State Police received a report of an erratic operator headed southbound on the Spaulding Turnpike in Rochester.
Moments later, a state police trooper observed the suspect vehicle pass him. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and a chase ensued.
The pursuit continued through Dover, Newington and into Portsmouth, eventually heading south on Interstate 95. There, troopers disabled the vehicle using "stop sticks," which deflated all of the suspect vehicle's tires. The driver exited at exit 3A and was taken into custody without incident.
Police said Shaw had just been arrested for driving while intoxicated 15 hours earlier in nearby Dover after having been involved in a motor vehicle accident there. He was out on bail from the Dover incident at the time of Monday's police chase.
The incident remains under investigation by state police.