Vermont teens flee NH state police and crash in Walpole

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Driver arrested as passenger taken to hospital

WALPOLE, NH - A pair of southern Vermont teenagers ended up running through the woods in New Hampshire with a police dog on their trail late Saturday afternoon after they accelerated away from what began as a routine traffic stop and then eventually crashed.

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     Jonathan Grady, 18, of Vernon was arrested and charged with disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, misuse of plates, and driving an unregistered vehicle.  

    Grady's passenger, Tanner Walden, 18, of Brattleboro was not charged with anything but did end up being taken by Walpole Ambulance to the Cheshire Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury he sustained when the 2002 Nissan Sentra crashed.

    New Hampshire State Police Trooper Noah Sanctuary said the chase north along Route 12 began around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he lit up his blue lights after spotting a motor vehicle violation.  

    Trooper Sanctuary said Grady initially accelerated in an attempt to get away from him but soon caught up to traffic and decided to pull over.  The trooper got out of his cruiser and started giving Grady verbal commands but he said at that point Grady once again sped off from the traffic stop, continuing northbound on Route 12.

    After traveling a short distance, Grady attempted to make a turn onto River Road in Walpole; however, he was unable to negotiate the turn and the Sentra proceeded over and down an embankment where it crashed.

    The two occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot into an adjacent wooded area and shortly thereafter a state police canine began tracking them.  The pair were spotted by a Walpole officer a few minutes later and were eventually apprehended and detained by Walpole and New Hampshire State Police officers, police said Monday.

    Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Trooper Noah Sanctuary at (603) 223-8494.

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