GILFORD — A Belmont man led police from Gilford and Laconia briefly on a chase through those communities after a Gilford officer saw a Nissan Maxima near the Walmart Plaza at 10:02 p.m. Monday with only one headlight working.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Andrew Decormier, 23, of 33 Sunshine Drive allegedly continued on Lakeshore Road despite being followed by a Gilford officer with his blue lights inhis attempt to stop him.
Decormier allegedly took a right onto the Gilford/Laconia Bypass and was reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph. The officer was able to make out the registration and relay it to dispatch as he turned on his siren.
The car reached 91 mph and police noted in the affidavits that it was drizzling and very foggy, making travel at those speeds dangerous and undesirable. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.
When Decormier got off the bypass at the Gilford Avenue exit, he allegedly failed to stop for the stop sign and turned right onto Gilford Avenue heading into Laconia. While traveling on Gilford Avenue, the officer allegedly clocked Decormier driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Decormier allegedly turned left onto Highland Street and continued up the residential street at 70 mph. Police said he didn’t stop for the stop sign at Winter Street and passed a vehicle that had stopped at the intersection of High and Highland Streets near the Lakes Region General Hospital – an area heavy with pedestrian traffic because many employees must cross Highland Street to reach their vehicles parked across the street.
Gilford dispatch had already notified Laconia and Belmont Police because the registration came back to a Belmont resident and Decormier was heading into Laconia. After Decormier allegedly took a hard right onto Batchelder Street and then one on Avery Street, the Gilford officer lost site of him and stopped his pursuit.
At one point, a Laconia officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the one Gilford was chasing but could only obtain the first three digits of the plate number.
Belmont police officers went to the registered home of the car owner and found Decormier, who said his mother owns the car. He allegedly told the Gilford officer who went with Belmont Police to the home that he didn’t stop because his license had been suspended and he was afraid of being stopped.
During a conversation the Gilford officer had with Decormier, he also admitted running from a Laconia police officer as well.
At his appearance in court Tuesday morning, Judge Jim Carroll ordered Decormier held on $400 cash-only bail. He is charged with one count of disobeying a police officer, one count of driving after revocation, and one violation for driving after revocation.
Affidavits said Decormier’s record includes four convictions for receiving stolen property, two convictions for theft, one conviction for resisting arrest and one conviction for forgery.
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