A habitual offender from Littleton who has a history of driving stolen cars has a warrant out for his arrest after being a no-show at a court hearing in his most recent stolen car case. On Wednesday, William J. Blanchard, 33, failed to appear for a dispositional conference at Merrimack Superior Court. In May, Blanchard was arrested after state officials said he led troopers on a high-speed chase topping 100 mph in southern New Hampshire while driving a stolen vehicle from Vermont. On the morning of May 5, New Hampshire State Police Troop D was alerted by Vermont State Police about a 2021 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen and, based on GPS tracking, was believed to be at the Danbury Country Store in New Hampshire. Troopers soon located the Jeep along southbound Interstate 89 in Sutton and activated their lights and sirens for a stop. Blanchard, however, accelerated and continued driving southbound, at speeds that reached 107 mph and passing other vehicles in an unsafe manner, said police officials. After a foot pursuit, he was later found wet and shirtless after crossing a river, said authorities.
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