May 22, 2008
Stolen truck crashes outside police station
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.