Driver rolls truck trying to evade police at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — Police said yesterday that an as yet unidentified person is facing multiple charges for failing to stop for a police officer and rolling over a truck during his effort to get away.

Lt. Rich Simmons said an officer on routine patrol on Lakeside Avenue at Weirs Beach attempted to stop the truck however the driver drove at a rapid speed up Tower Hill Road at 12:52 a.m. Saturday.

He said the officer chose not to engage in a high speed pursuit but followed the truck toward Rte. 3.

Simmons said the driver lost control of the vehicle after making the turn on to the highway and rolled the truck in front of the Tower Hill Cottages.

He said the driver and his passenger fled into the woods and the closest police dog was in Warner. The driver was not apprehended that night but he said police have been able to identify him.

He said the truck was heavily damaged, if not a total loss, and the Belknap County Sheriffs Department helped them contact the vehicle's owner, who lives in Gilmanton.

He said the driver of the vehicle was not the owner. However the truck had not been reported stolen.