MERRIMACK, N.H. -- Crews in Merrimack were called to a crash on Bedford Road just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they found an injured passenger inside the crashed car. Timothy Torigian, 22, of Mont Vernon, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
During an investigation, police learned that the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene of the crash.
State and local police along with K9 units went out in search of the driver, identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Kelly of Nashua.
A short time later, Det. Ted Dillon was driving on Cathy Street in an undercover vehicle when he noticed a man who fit Kelly's description jump into some bushes.
Dillon slowed down and offered the man, who police said was Kelly, a ride. Once Kelly was inside the vehicle, Dillon identified himself as a police officer and Kelly allegedly punched him twice before running into nearby woods, said police.
While officers were still searching for Kelly, a woman who was later identified as Kelly's girlfriend stopped and asked officers for directions. During the conversation she said she was going to pick up Nick Kelly, who was at a home in Bedford. Once she drove off, Merrimack police along with Bedford and State police set up in the area.
Police said that once Kelly's girlfriend was seen driving away from the location in Bedford, they stopped her and Kelly was found sitting in the passenger seat. He was taken into custody and charged with drunken driving, conduct after an accident, resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault.
Kelly is scheduled to be arraigned in Merrimack Wednesday.