Two arrested after fleeing police at roadblock

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MANCHESTER, NH – Two men were arrested for evading police and failing to stop at a work site roadblock Feb. 18.

David Chavez
David Chavez

David Chavez, 23, and Marcos Lopez, 17, both of Manchester, were charged with resisting arrest based on the following police narrative:

At about 6:20 p.m. Manchester Police Sgt. Richard Brown attempted to stop a vehicle on in the area of Beech and Hanover streets, which was blocked off due to a gas leak.

A 1995 Honda Accord operated by Chavez allegedly failed to obey the officer and continued driving south on Beech Street at Hanover Street. Officer Derek Feather redirected the operator, but he instead turned around on Beech Street, in the wrong direction of travel, before heading north toward Amherst Street.

Marcos Lopez
Marcos Lopez

Sgt. Brown reported that the Honda came close to striking several parked cars while fleeing the area, so he approached the vehicle on foot and told the operator to stop. It appeared as if the driver was complying, but instead Chavez stopped long enough for Lopez to flee from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Chavez allegedly refused to stop, revved the car’s engine and drove toward Sgt. Brown.

Sgt. Brown chased Lopez on foot and apprehended him a short distance from the vehicl

Chavez was pulled over by Officer Feather shortly after Lopez was taken into custody. Officer Feather approached the Honda which was stopped in the area of Beech and Amherst streets and ordered Chavez from the vehicle. Police say Chavez allegedly refused to exit the vehicle, and maintained a tight grip on the steering wheel prior to reaching under his seat. Officer Feather pulled Chavez from the car and placed him into handcuffs. Police described Chavez as “non-compliant” throughout the process, which resulted in the additional charge of disobeying a police officer for Chavez.

Both Chavez and Lopez appeared in District Court on Feb. 19.

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Carol Robidoux

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