Wanted couple lead police in two states on 130 mph chase before crashing; driver still at large


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Jacob McAllister wanted by police in Vermont and New Hampshire

WALPOLE, NH - Late last night a couple who were charged with a string of commercial burglaries in connection with alleged heroin trafficking activity earlier this year led several police agencies on a 15-mile two-state pursuit which hit speeds of 130 mph before the car crashed and the driver fled into the dark, state police are reporting.

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    Policer are still looking for Jacob McAllister, 26, most recently of Westminister, who is believed to have been driving the car which the Brattleboro police initially tried to pulled over on Route 5 at 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening "in regards to an on-going criminal investigation."

Jacob McAllister, 26, is suspected of being the driver in last night's high-speed pursuit

    Police said that McAllister's girlfriend, Chelsea Ovaitte, 22, of Bellows Falls was in the passenger seat and she was arrested a short distance from the crash scene in North Walpole, New Hampshire.

        Minutes after the car initially bolted up Route 5 from Brattleboro, Vermont State Police troopers spotted it on Route 5 in Dummerston and they picked up the pursuit which eventually wound its way through downtown Bellows Falls and across the Connecticut River into Walpole, New Hampshire.

    Walpole Police officers joined the pursuit as the vehicle fled north up Route 12 before eventually crashing into several parked cars and then striking a residence at the intersection of Main and Kileen Streets in North Walpole.

    The couple took off running but Ovaitte was apprehended a short time later when she was found hiding underneath a parked truck.

    Ovaitte was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a broken collar bone.  She was then booked at the Westminster State Police Barracks for allegedly violating court-ordered conditions of pre-trial release before she was lodged overnight at the Springfield jail.  She is due in court in Brattleboro later today.

Chelsea Ovaitte, 22, was already facing serious charges from earlier this year

    Jacob McAllister remains at large and police have applied for arrest warrants in both Vermont and New Hampshire on charges alleging grossly negligent operation, excessive speed, attempting to elude law enforcement, operating despite a criminally suspended, and violations of conditions of pre-trial release.

    Police are also searching for McAllister's brother Zachariah who police say was seen with Jacob shortly before an "incident" last night at the Motel 6 on Putney Road in Brattleboro which led to the initial attempt by police to stop McAllister's car.

Police are also searching for Zachariah McAllister on outstanding felony arrest warrants

    Police said Friday that both of the McAllisters are now "wanted for numerous felonies in Vermont" and added that the brothers are known to frequent Westminster, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and Walpole.

    "Anyone who comes in contact with them is urged to contact the Vermont State Police or local authorities immediately," Vermont State Police Sgt. Ryan Wood noted.

Chelsea Ovaitte was charged with heroin trafficking and then released back in January

    At the beginning of this year Chelsea Ovaitte was arraigned in White River Junction where she pleaded innocent to a felony count of heroin trafficking in connection with 186 bags of heroin which were found during the search of a car that took place in September 2016 in downtown Springfield, Vermont.

    Vermont authorities had been looking to arrest her before discovering that she had been incarcerated at the women's jail in Chicopee, Massachusetts beginning in November of 2016. 

    At the conclusion of the January arraignment, Ovaitte was released from the Windsor County Courthouse in downtown White River Junction after she signed for a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond.

    Both she and Jacob McAllister were arrested just days apart this August in connection with a string of commercial burglaries that took place along Route 5 during the month of July.

    Police said that when they spotted McAllister in August he initially tried to run from them on foot but they grabbed him and took him to the Westminster State Police Barracks where he was charged with 10 felony counts of burglary, along with a slate of lesser charges.

    At the time, a detective said police believed the couple had broken into businesses in Westminster, Putney and Brattleboro, obtaining a "significant amount of money" in the process and using it "to support (their) heroin addiction."

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