Police: Man led officers on multi-state pursuit, crashed into cruiser, fled on foot

Methuen police arrested a man who they say led officers on a multi-state car pursuit culminating in a crash and foot chase on Tuesday.

Police say Chad Tombarello, 30, of Lawrence, refused to pull over for police in Methuen at about noon on Tuesday, instead driving on the wrong side of the road to get away. Tombarello then drove onto I-93 north and into New Hampshire.

With New Hampshire State Police in pursuit, Tombarello exited I-93 into Salem, N.H., where he allegedly crashed his car into a Salem police cruiser on purpose “in order to further evade police,” according to a statement by police. The suspect kept driving, police said, and crossed back into Massachusetts on Route 97 before ramming his car into a N.H. State Police cruiser at a high rate of speed.

Police say Tombarello then got out of the car and ran for a short while before they captured and arrested him.

Tombarello was charged with operating to endanger, failing to stop for a police officer, speeding, marked lane violations, resisting arrest, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Natasha Johnson, 23, of Haverhill, a passenger in Tombarello’s car, also fled the vehicle on foot after the crash, but was soon stopped by police. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

“I’d like to thank both the Salem Police Department and New Hampshire State Police for their assistance in today’s pursuit,” said Chief Joseph Solomon of the Methuen Police Department. “I am proud of how professionally our officers acted while facing such a complex situation.”


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