Motorcyclist nabbed by K-9 clocked at 185 mph before crash; faces drug, other charges

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David Fries.
David Fries.

State police arrested David J. Fries, 31, of Manchester early Saturday morning, who crashed his motorcycle after evading police.

According to a State Police narrative, just before 3 a.m. am on August 30 Trooper Megan Walsh was parked in a crossover on Interstate 93 in Bow, just north of the Hooksett Rest Area monitoring northbound traffic when she observed a blue-and-white 2000 Suzuki Sport motorcycle speeding in the northbound lanes, which she clocked on radar at 127 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Trooper Walsh pulled out in an attempt to catch up to the motorcycle and conduct a traffic stop.  It wasn’t until the area of Exit 14 that Trooper Walsh was able to catch up to the motorcycle, which was doing approximately 120 mph in a 55 mph zone at that time.  Trooper Walsh used her emergency lights and siren in an attempt to get Fries to pull over. The motorcycle instead took Exit 15E onto Route 393 eastbound and accelerated away from Trooper Walsh, who terminated the pursuit at that time.

Trooper First Class Matt Partington, of the NH State Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit, was on Route 106 just off Exit 3 on Route 393 when he heard the pursuit initiated and stopped his cruiser to see which direction the motorcycle may go.  About two minutes after the pursuit was terminated TFC Partington observed the suspect motorcycle exit 393 at at a high rate of speed, run a red light and crash into the guard rail on the opposite side of the roadway at which time the driver was identified as Fries.

Fries was ejected from the motorcycle and fled the scene on foot.  Troopers from Troop D assisted by the Concord Police established a perimeter of the area while Trooper Cattabriga and his police dog responded to the scene and initiated a search for Fries.

After approximately 45 minutes Fries was located and again failed to comply with Troopers commands, at which time he was taken into custody by the police dog, sustaining minor injuries to his left arm in the process.

At the time of his arrest, Fries was arrested and found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle, smoking pipe and crack cocaine.

He was taken to Concord Hospital where he was treated for a broken ankle from the crash and injuries from the canine detention.  Fries admitted that while on 393 he reached speeds of 185 mph before exiting the highway.  He was released and transported to the Merrimack County Jail where he was held on $30,000 cash bail for the following charges:

Reckless Operation (Violation)

Operating without a Motorcycle License (Violation)

Disobeying a Police Officer (Class A Misdemeanor)

Transportation of Drugs (Class A Misdemeanor)

Conduct After an Accident (Class A Misdemeanor)

Resisting Arrest or Detention (Class A Misdemeanor)

Possession of a Controlled Drug (Class B Felony)

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