Note: More charges are expected from Farmington PD and possibly Portsmouth.
On behalf of Chief Paul R. Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following:
On the afternoon of July 20, 2018 at about 2:30 PM, a caller reported an erratic driver on Route 11 in the Town of Farmington. A Farmington officer responded to Route 11 to watch for the vehicle, which was traveling eastbound towards Rochester at the time. The caller was able to report the license plate number to the Strafford County Dispatch Center, and it was determined that this vehicle has been reported stolen out of Portsmouth.
The Farmington officer spotted the vehicle and got behind it. He immediately activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle initially pulled into the breakdown lane and drive slower, but then increased speed when it was obvious that the officer was attempting to stop it. The operator increased speed and the Farmington officer began pursuing the vehicle. He terminated the pursuit when the vehicle began driving at such a speed that it was endangering the safety of others.
The Rochester Police Department was contacted regarding the vehicle and after a brief search, it was located abandoned in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Witnesses and video surveillance provided by Wal-Mart lead to the identification of the following suspect:
Ryan is last known to be residing in Dover, NH but does have a prior address in Portsmouth.
The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office K9 was also called to the scene to perform a track. The K9 tracked from the vehicle to the general area where Calum Ryan was located.
Ryan was arrested at the scene for a felony-level Receiving Stolen Property charge as well as a misdemeanor charge of Driving Without A Valid License. He was transported to the Rochester Police Department where he refused the services of a bail commissioner. He was subsequently transported to the Strafford County Jail to await arraignment on July 23.
The stolen vehicle, a 2012 Toyota Camry, was recovered without damage and was turned over to the custody of the Portsmouth Police Department for further investigation.
Additional charges are forthcoming for Ryan.
For Chief Paul R. Toussaint
Sergeant Jamey Balint