State police intercept wrong-way driver having medical emergency on I-293

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Police in Merrimack after pulling over a driver who was spotted going the wrong way on I-293. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MERRIMACK, NH – A Goffstown man who was spotted driving the wrong way on I-293 Monday was suffering a medical emergency, police have determined.

On January 23, 2023, at approximately 1:30 p.m., New Hampshire State Police Troop B dispatch began receiving multiple reports of a wrong-way driver in the area of mile marker 7.4 on Interstate 293 in Manchester.  Witnesses reported a minivan traveling the wrong way, southbound, in the northbound lanes.  Troopers from the Troop B barracks responded to the area, first encountering the vehicle on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in the area north of the Bedford Toll Plaza traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

The operator disregarded the emergency signals of a responding Trooper, continuing to travel the wrong way on the F.E. Everett Turnpike.  As the vehicle’s location was relayed, Troopers coordinated rolling roadblocks to protect the motoring public from the wrong-way driver.  Additional witnesses advised that the suspect vehicle had corrected its direction by traveling onto the southbound side of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.  The vehicle was then located off of Exit 11 and then on Continental Boulevard in Merrimack.  Responding Troopers successfully stopped the vehicle and made contact with the operator who was identified as David J. Coburn, 84, of Goffstown.

Upon making contact with Coburn Troopers identified that he was experiencing a medical emergency.  He was subsequently transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The New Hampshire State Police was assisted in this incident by Merrimack Fire Department and Merrimack Police Department.  The investigation of this incident is ongoing.  Trooper Moran is handling the investigation and anyone with information pertaining to the incident contact him at (603) 223-4381 or by email at William.J.Moran@dos.nh.gov.


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