Manchester police find man wanted for driving into Lowe’s floral display after he crashed into 3 cars on Second Street

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Aftermath of a crash on Second Street in Manchester on July 28. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

BEDFORD, NH – A man accused of driving into a commercial building on South River Road in Bedford on July 28 was apprehended on Second Street on after a chase that led through multiple towns.

Christopher Hayward, 43, of Epsom, allegedly struck a floral display at the Bedford Lowe’s at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday but continued to drive despite orders from police officers to stop his car and exit his vehicle.

A pursuit toward Merrimack began, with Hayward later found on Second Street in Manchester, where he had crashed into three parked cars.

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The pursuit ended in Manchester where Christopher Hayward of Epsom was found, after crashing into three parked cars on Second Street. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

After Manchester Police transported him to an area hospital for treatment of an unrelated medical emergency, he was transported to Bedford for booking.

Hayward was charged with alleged reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, resisting arrest and reckless operation. He was arraigned Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Anyone accused of a crime is innocent unless found guilty by a court of law.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.