VT man accused of driving erratically in NH faces several charges

CLAREMONT, N.H. (WHDH) – A Vermont man accused of driving erratically in Claremont, New Hampshire Wednesday is facing several criminal charges, police say.

Police responding to reports of someone driving a black Ford F-150 recklessly in the area of Main Street about 4:48 p.m. observed the vehicle drive through the scene of an unrelated accident at a high rate of speed, nearly striking a Claremont firefighter, according to a press release issued Thursday.

The officer broadcast a description of the vehicle, and at about 4:56pm, an officer in nearby Newport located the vehicle on Main Street and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle did not stop when signaled. The Newport Police Officer pursued it on John Stark Highway back into Claremont.

Police say the vehicle left the roadway on Washington Street in Claremont and came to a stop, at which time the operator fled on foot. He was taken into custody shortly thereafter by New Hampshire State Police.

Richard Duncan, 40, of Proctor, Vermont, was charged with three counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, and one count of being an armed career criminal.

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