Police: 2 men arrested after robbing NH gas station, leading North Berwick officers on high-speed chase

Posted July 31, 2012, at 8:57 a.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Two men arrested early Monday morning are suspected of robbing a Somersworth, N.H., gas station and then leading North Berwick police officers on a high-speed chase.

Patrick Saunders, 18, of 59 Winter St., Somersworth, and Allan Nicholson, 30, of 2611 East Pond Road, Milton, N.H., were arrested at approximately 2:40 a.m. after crashing their vehicle off Route 4 in North Berwick.

Saunders and Nicholson are each facing aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, eluding a police officer, and fugitive from justice charges in Maine. The aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and eluding a police officer charges are both felonies.

Maine officials said when the two men are returned to New Hampshire they will face additional charges there.

According to Somersworth Police Capt. Russ Timmons, at approximately 2 a.m. Monday, police received notification of a robbery at the Gulf Station at 420 Route 108 in Somersworth.

Timmons said two individuals entered the store and demanded money. The individuals, who threatened to stab the clerk, left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash along with a significant amount of cigarettes.

The suspects were seen entering and leaving the area in what was called “a dark-colored ’90s-vintage Chevrolet Blazer.”

According to North Berwick Chief Stephen Peasley, a vehicle matching that description, a 1999 blue GMC Jimmy, was later spotted on Route 4.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. Officer Daniel Pelkey attempted to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle fled, and a high-speed chase ensued.

After crashing their vehicle off Route 4 just a short time later, both Saunders and Nicholson ran into the woods. Pelkey, a K-9 officer, was granted permission to bring in North Berwick’s police canine, Hoki.

Hoki successfully led officers to both Saunders and Nicholson, who were hiding about a quarter-mile into the woods. Both eventually surrendered to officers at around 2:40 a.m.

Both Timmons and Peasley said evidence later found in the duo’s vehicle is consistent with the items taken during the Somersworth robbery.

Both men are being held at York County Jail.

Officer Pelkey and Hoki had graduated from K-9 training only about two weeks before Monday’s arrests.

North Berwick voted in favor of a canine program in April.

© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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