May 22, 2008 
Stolen truck crashes outside police station

GOFFSTOWN – A man wanted on a parole violation stole a pickup truck and crashed in front of the Goffstown Police Department, causing a power outage, police said.

Police said Kevin Martel, 48, was enrolled in a treatment program in Dublin, N.H., and was supposed to be picked up for a parole violation. When Martel learned of the impending arrest, he broke into the town garage in Dublin and stole a pickup truck, police said.

Police said they believe Martel was on his way to Manchester when he crashed on Route 114 in front of the police station and a women's prison. Officers responded to the scene to find the driver gone.

"They found a pickup truck from the Dublin Highway Department abandoned after it struck the two poles," Police Chief Pat Sullivan said.

One of the utility poles that were knocked down was critical for the town's emergency services.

"Our dispatch center is behind us at the police station, so our communications and fire alarm boxes that are around town are connected to this site, and this particular pole houses a lot of that hardware," Fire Chief Rick O'Brien said.

Phone service remained intact, so emergency calls could still get through. The crash knocked out power to the police station, the nearby county nursing home and the women's state prison.

"They went to a modified lockdown and did an emergency count, as well," Warden Joanne Fortier said. "Everything went very smoothly."

Officials said emergency generators at the prison, police station and nursing home kicked in after the crash. About 40 residential customers and a car dealership were also affected.

As crews dealt with the power outage, the search continued for Martel.

"A K-9 unit from Hooksett assisted us, and eventually the suspect was located up by the Hillsborough County Nursing Home," Sullivan said.

Martel was arrested in the lobby of the nursing home.

Martel was charged with aggravated DWI, possession of stolen property, criminal trespass and conduct after an accident, in addition to the original parole violation.



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