K9 sniffs out man who hit truck on Elm Street in stolen SUV, fled to Firebird Motel

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MANCHESTER, NH – Police arrested Shane Collins at the Firebird Motel in Hooksett after he was identified as the driver in a Wednesday morning hit-and-run accident on Elm Street involving a stolen SUV.

Manchester Police Officer Tom Ouellette responded to the call for an accident at 8:25 a.m. March 15. He spoke with the operator of a 2011 Honda Ridgeline pick-up in front of 1750 Elm St. The truck had heavy damage on the driver’s side.

The operator of the truck, a 47-year-old woman, told police that a black SUV struck the side of her vehicle as she was traveling south on Elm Street. The SUV was traveling north when it struck her truck.  She told police the driver of the SUV immediately backed up from the scene and took off at a high rate of speed.

Hooksett Police Department contacted Manchester Police a short time later to report a black SUV had been seen operating erratically near Bicentennial Drive in Hooksett. Officer Benjamin Foster and his K-9 partner Moose responded to the area of the Firebird Motel, 10 Bell Ave., Hooksett, to meet up with a Hooksett officer who had discovered the black SUV behind the motel, a 2013 Tahoe that had been reported stolen from the Mall of New Hampshire on March 13, 2017.

The Tahoe had sustained heavy damage and was left abandoned, so Officer Foster deployed his partner Moose, which led the officers to a room at the Firebird Motel. Inside, they located and arrested Collins, who was charged with conduct after an accident and receiving stolen property.

Collins was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on March 16, 2017.

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