A Nashua man was arrested by police Sunday night for allegedly driving a van the wrong way at speeds of more than 90 miles per hour (mph), authorities confirmed.
The suspect, indentified as 55-year-old Angel Rodriguez, was charged with a range of felonies. Witnesses told police that Rodriguez was driving wrong way on the Everett Turnpike at very high speed and purposely trying to hit other vehicles on the road.
Witnesses reported the incident to police at around 10:10 p.m. When officers pulled him over near Exit 10 in Merrimack, they found that two children were also in the van. After being pulled over, he didn’t cooperate with the officers.
He allegedly refused to identify himself to the officers and declined to exit the van. He even tried to assault the officers, eventually had to use physical force to remove him from the van.
New Hampshire State Police’s Lt. Nate Noyes said, “At times the vehicle appeared to swerve at other vehicles as the individual traveled northbound … officer arrived and noted that there were two small children in the vehicle. At one point they became concerned that he might try and start the car again; they eventually used physical force to remove him from the vehicle.”
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, jeopardizing the welfare of children, assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and disobeying an officer. Currently, he is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.