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July 10, 2013

Manchester Police/Fire: Driver faces charges after foot chase

Manchester Police/Fire

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — MANCHESTER — A Wakefield man, captured after a foot chase in woods off Route 128, is facing a drunken driving charge.

Local and state police were called to the southbound side of Route 128 in the area of Pine Street after a car went into the woods Monday around 8:45 p.m.

State police said 21-year-old Derek Whitaker of Wakefield had driven a 1987 Mercedes Benz off the road into the woods, and tried to escape on foot.

He was apprehended soon after and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash which resulted in property damage.

The car was towed from the area.

In other news from the logs of the Manchester Police and Fire departments:

An Elm Street man was arrested on a charge of being disorderly Tuesday around 1:30 a.m.

An officer in the area said he found Amor Afife, 30, screaming in the middle of the street.

Police assisted a driver maneuvering a truck, so it would not hit the Lincoln Street Bridge, at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3455 or