Police say driver dies after interstate wrong-way chase

May 2, 2021 GMT

CANDIA, N.H. (AP) — A 39-year-old man is dead after driving the wrong-way on Interstate 93 and state Route 101 before crashing in Candia, New Hampshire State Police said.

A trooper spotted a vehicle driving north in the southbound lane of Interstate 93 in Salem at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Troopers worked to stop other motorists and the wrong-way vehicle, but the driver repeatedly drove around police. Attempts to deflate the vehicle’s tires with spike strips were unsuccessful.

The car then traveled onto Route 101, driving eastbound in the westbound lane.

The car later went off the roadway in Candia where the driver, David Hartenstein, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing.