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Driver flees, citizen points, police catch man

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

A New Hampshire man fled from police after citizens reported seeing him driving recklessly on Lewisburg's bypass. The man and the car he was driving almost ended up in Rock Creek.

Thursday afternoon, police got a report of a reckless driver heading south on North Ellington Parkway, according to Lewisburg Police Officer Larry Hazelwood.

Hazelwood was heading the other way, but turned around and followed the 2011 Nissan Juke as it continued south on the bypass. The small SUV accelerated to a "very high rate of speed" once it was out of the construction zone and Hazelwood could no longer see it. When he got to the T-junction at the end of South Ellington Parkway, a bystander pointed to the far side of Cornersville Road, where the vehicle had come to rest on the bank of Rock Creek.

Eric D. Haddock, 36, of Manchester, N.H, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and disorderly conduct.

According to Hazelwood, Haddock was verbally abusive and combative toward emergency room personnel and law enforcement.

Woody Woodward, a tow-truck driver for Holder's Body Shop, said Monday it looked as if the car had gone straight across the T-junction.

"The interior and underside were torn all to pieces," Woodward said.