Driver in Varney Street crash turns himself in

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GOFFSTOWN, NH – Joshua Benoit, 35, of Goffstown, turned himself in at Goffstown Police Headquarters on Sept. 7. Benoit was wanted on a warrant charging him with driving the vehicle that fled Goffstown police and crashed into a residence on Varney Street on Sept. 4.

Benoit turned himself in Thursday. He is charged with reckless operation, disobeying a police officer and resisting arrest or detention. 

The incident began in Goffstown Monday when a vehicle with two people in it was stopped by Goffstown Police at about 10:10 p.m. after an officer noted suspicious activity. Richard Philibert Jr., 45, a passenger in the vehicle,  was reportedly pointing a gun at passing vehicles. During the stop Benoit fled from police after the Philibert was detained, driving on Mast Road into Manchester where the vehicle left the roadway and continued onto Varney Street, hitting the wall at Girls Inc., and then a road sign before going airborne, launching the vehicle between two trees. The vehicle hit parked cars and landed upside-down into a three-family residence at 316 Varney St., rupturing the gas line.

Benoit was held at the Valley Street Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned Sept. 8, at the Hillsborough County Superior Court/North.


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