Ditched van gets officers' attention
A Goffstown man police say drove away from a traffic stop in Bedford last night was arrested in Manchester a short time later.
Police said Marier, 40, of 21 Mountain View Road, was driving a 1994 Chevy conversion van when a Bedford police officer pulled him over for a motor vehicle violation about 7:30 p.m. on South River Road. As Bedford police Sgt. Devon Kimball approached the van, it drove away. Kimball followed.
Police said the van proceeded onto eastbound Route 101 and then headed onto northbound Interstate 293, getting off the highway at Exit 5.
According to Manchester police, probation officers working in the area spotted the van's driver as he left the vehicle in front of a house on Third Street, several blocks from the Exit 5 off-ramp. They got in touch with Manchester police, who found Marier.
Bedford police said Marier faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle as a habitual offender, and two misdemeanor charges -- disobeying a police officer and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Marier was held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned this morning in Merrimack District Court.