Published DateNEW HAMPTON — A Franklin man who allegedly rammed his girlfriend's car from behind on March 14 and then engaged in a game of "chicken" with a Bristol police officer who was trying to arrest him, turned himself into New Hampton Police Wednesday morning.
Keith McLeod, 27, of 9 Taylor Road appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Thursday is charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of disobeying a police officer, and two felony count of reckless conduct for placing the life of another in danger.
He was ordered held on $8,000 cash bail, which New Hampton Police Chief Merritt "Doug'' Salmon said he has posted.
According to affidavits obtained from court, the incident began in Sanbornton where the victim lives. Police said the victim told them she was leaving her mother's home when McLeod blocked the road. She said he got out of his truck and, when she refused to unlock her car door, began punching the window.
The victim said she went around McLeod truck and began heading toward New Hampton on Route 132. She called 9-1-1 and the operator kept her on the line while McLeod allegedly followed her.
She said McLeod tried to pass her and run her off the road but she was able to make a right on to Shingle Camp Hill Road in New Hampton. Affidavits said McLeod slammed into the back of her car, pushing her up the hill.
She said she pulled into the Circle K convenience store on Route 104 but didn't see any police, so she continued east on Route 104. When she tried to turn around at the intersection of Route 104 and Route 132, McLeod allegedly rammed her again. She said he got out of his truck and began punching her windows again.
When police from New Hampton, Bristol, Meredith and the N.H. State Police began to converge on the area, he is said to have fled. A Bristol Police officer recognized McLeod's truck and attempted to stop him.
Police said McLeod drove faster and turned south on to Route 132 with the Bristol Police following him and the New Hampton Police trying to cut him off on a southern section of Route 132.
The Bristol officer said McLeod turned around and began heading toward him in what Salmon described as a 3/4-ton truck. The Bristol officer moved to the right and McLeod didn't hit him but soon abandoned his truck halfway up a driveway off Route 132.
Police located the truck and found footprints headed into the wood. State Police and Meredith Police along with a N.H. State Police K-9 began tracking him but after about two miles the tracks led back to Route 132 where police believed someone picked him up.
While police were tracking McLeod a N.H. State Trooper stayed with the victim and took her to he New Hampton Police Station.
Salmon said he was amazed that the victim was able to keep control of her vehicle while McLeod was allegedly ramming her with his truck. Salmon said the damage to her car reflected the story she told police.
Affidavits said she refused to seek an order of protection because she said "she had had them in the past and McLeod does not care about them and will do whatever he wants."
Salmon said police continue to investigate the circumstances behind incident and said additional charges could be forthcoming. One of the conditions of McLeod's bail is that he not enter the town of Sanbornton and that he stay away from her and her family.