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Motor Vehicle Pursuit – Arrest
Sanbornton, New Hampshire – On December 8, 2022, at approximately 10:12 PM, a Trooper of New Hampshire State Police Troop D, was monitoring traffic on Interstate 93 North in Tilton, NH when a vehicle passed her location traveling at 101 MPH. The vehicle was identified as a 2018 BMW 330XI. The Trooper pulled out behind the vehicle and it had accelerated to 127 MPH. The Trooper activated their emergency lights and siren and the vehicle refused to stop.
A motor vehicle pursuit ensued on Interstate 93 through Sanbornton, Meredith, New Hampton and Plymouth. The vehicle traveled at excessive speeds, exhibited lane control issues and extinguished their lights while driving in attempts to evade police. A Trooper from New Hampshire State Police Troop F was ultimately able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device.
The motor vehicle pursuit exited the interstate into the town of Plymouth, NH and was terminated on Tenney Mountain Highway. A short time later, the vehicle was located, unoccupied.
Through investigative efforts in the following days and weeks, a suspect was identified and arrest warrants were obtained. The suspect is alleged to have utilized a common phone application named "Turo" to rent a vehicle from the owning citizen prior to engaging in the motor vehicle pursuit. This application is best described as "Airbnb" for vehicles.
On January 18, 2023, the New Hampshire State Police Troop D barracks arrested the suspect Benjamin Saxon, Age: 22, E. Hartford, CT.
Saxon is being charged with:
- Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon (x2)
- Unauthorized Use – rented Property; $1,500 +
- Falsifying Physical Evidence; alter, destroy, hide
- Disobeying an Officer (x2)
- Reckless Operation
- Operating without Lights
Saxon was released on personal recognizance bail with a Belknap Superior court date of February 16, 2023 at 1:30 PM.