N.H. Woman Hurt in Crash as Police Pursue Drunk Driver


A police chase in Claremont ended with a crash that sent a woman to a hospital.

Claremont police said they were chasing a man who was drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road. They said the chase ended after the driver crashed into a car on Main Street, injuring the driver of the other car.

Kristopher Pope, 28, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

"It all began as a domestic (call) at a residence here in Claremont," said Lt. Anthony Shepherd. "The police were called to respond to that location. While we were responding, the caller indicated that the defendant had left in her vehicle, taken it without her consent."

Police said they spotted Pope on Main Street, but he wouldn't stop for them. Police said he was driving on the wrong side of the road with his headlights off and his windshield almost completely covered in snow.

"Disregard for the public when he was driving recklessly," Shepherd said. "He had a suspended license. He ultimately ended up hitting somebody head-on and causing injury to the other driver."

Deborah Booth, 48, was driving the other car and suffered a broken leg. A friend said she underwent surgery and is doing well and in good spirits.

In court, police asked for high bail and called Pope a danger to the community and himself. The judge agreed and more than doubled the requested bail to $25,000.

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