By Karen Dandurant
November 30. 2014 11:37AM
Suspect arrested after I-95 chase, car ditched
A man was arrested Saturday night in Kittery, Maine, after attempting to flee from police on Interstate 95 in a chase that began in North Hampton, N.H., police said.
Darman Rosario, 28, of Lawrence, Mass., was taken into custody in the lobby of the Ramada Inn in Kittery, after he and a female companion allegedly abandoned their vehicle behind a truck stop in Kittery.
Rosario was charged as a fugitive from justice and was being held at York County Jail. The female companion was found behind a Dumpster and later released, police said.
State Police Lt. Chris Vetter said Rosario will be arraigned in York District Court on Monday and is facing further charges from New Hampshire police.
“When he is arraigned in York, he will be asked to waive extradition back to New Hampshire,” said Vetter. “So he is in control of when he comes back to New Hampshire at this point.”
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, N.H. State Police Trooper Andrew Frigon attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 95 north in North Hampton for lane violations, police said. The vehicle came to a complete stop in the travel portion of I-95 northbound, police said. The vehicle sped away from Frigon after he exited his vehicle and began to approach the car, according to police.
“Mr. Rosario stopped his car in the middle of the interstate,” said Vetter. “Trooper Frigon tried several times through the use of his microphone system to get him to drive to the breakdown lane. He did not and so Trooper Frigon got out of his car. That’s when Rosario took off again.”
Frigon followed the vehicle north on I-95 and onto Route 1 bypass northbound before terminating the pursuit at the New Hampshire and Maine border. While there were reports Saturday night that had Rosario traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, Vetter said he couldn’t confirm that.
Kittery police located the vehicle abandoned behind a truck stop, according to police. Kittery police and Maine State Police requested additional assistance from N.H. State Police to conduct a search of the area for the suspect.
“He was arrested in the hotel lobby,” said Vetter. “I do not think there are charges pending against his female passenger.”
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Frigon, NH State Police Troop A at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org or at (603) 223-8490.