Good Samaritans help NH trooper apprehend hit-and-run suspect

Laurel J. Sweet Boston Herald

LONDONDERRY, NH — New Hampshire State Police are thanking good Samaritans who answered a trooper’s call for help as he struggled on Interstate 93 in Londonderry Saturday to take a Massachusetts man into custody who police say had struck four moving vehicles before crashing and rolling over his own.

“When I requested the help of complete strangers they did not hesitate to come to my aid and for that I and my family are thankful,” trooper John Tyo said in a statement.

Troopers, including Tyo, responded to multiple reports of a vehicle rollover on I-93 northbound near exit 5 shortly after 4:15 p.m. Saturday in an area where there had also been a hit-and-run accident.

When Trooper Tyo encountered 32-year-old Raymond Faucher III of Plainville, he “quickly became combative,” police said, and was only taken into custody with the help of several motorists.

Police have not announced any charges against Faucher, who was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., to be evaluated, but they allege he was behind a string of crashes that injured at least one man and shut down the highway for an hour.

According to police, Faucher entered I-93 from exit 5, where he allegedly sideswiped a car driven by a 48-year-old woman from Bedford, N.H. Faucher is alleged to have continued driving on the highway, weaving in and out of traffic until he struck a second vehicle being operated by a 71-year-old woman from Deerfield, N.H. Police said Faucher then lost control of his vehicle and sideswiped a third vehicle driven by a man, 48, from Epping, N.H.

As Faucher’s vehicle began to spin, police said, it hit the car of a 48-year-old Goffstown, N.H., man before coming to rest on its roof in the right travel lane. The Goffstown driver was hospitalized with a possible head injury, police said.

New Hampshire State Police Col. Christopher Wagner tweeted Sunday, “The safe resolution to this incident is directly attributable to the willingness of complete strangers to come to the aid of Trooper Tyo. It is great to see the #603Pride.”

Tyo said he made the decision to become a trooper mindful of the dangers involved. “It is reassuring that when needed I can look to citizens of New Hampshire for help. Thank you all again.”

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