Newport man leads police on multi-town chase

Daniel Boothby.

(Courtesy photo)

Daniel Boothby. (Courtesy photo)

By JOHN LIPPMAN

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 02-12-2024 4:58 PM

NEWPORT — A 36-year-old Newport man with an extensive New Hampshire criminal record led police on a vehicle chase around Newport and along Interstate 89 on Saturday, according to authorities. The man later crashed his vehicle in Salisbury, N.H., and briefly attempted to flee before he was apprehended.

Daniel Boothby was charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, disobeying an officer and other counts after he allegedly refused to stop for an motor vehicle violation in Newport, according to a new release from Newport Police Department. Police allege Boothby nearly struck several oncoming vehicles while passing other cars on two-lane John Stark Highway.

He then proceeded into downtown Newport where a Newport police officer positioned his vehicle to protect pedestrians attending the Newport Winter Carnival as Boothby “continued operating recklessly through the town ... and into the town of Sunapee,” police said.

He was later spotted on I-89 and pursued by a New London police officer, who gave up the chase after Boothby exited the highway at a high rate of speed.

Boothby later crashed his vehicle in Salisbury and tried to flee on foot, but he was stopped by an Andover, N.H., police officer who detained him until New Hampshire State Police arrived at the scene, according to the news release.

Boothby was on parole from a first degree assault, armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in Merrimack County in 2023 and was out on bail on drug charges in Sullivan County at the time of Saturday’s vehicle chase.

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Originally from Charlestown, “Boots” Boothby was a member of the Brotherhood of White Warriors Brotherhood gang at the state prison in Concord and first went to prison as a teenager in 2005 after participating with others in the beating of two men in Claremont, according to reports at the time.

John Lippman can be reached at jlippman@vnews.com