A habitual offender from Littleton with a history of driving stolen cars is facing fresh felony charges

A habitual offender from Littleton with a history of driving stolen cars is facing fresh felony charges after state police said he led troopers on a high-speed chase topping 100 mph in southern New Hampshire while driving a stolen vehicle from Vermont. William J. Blanchard, 32, who was found shirtless, wet and muddied by three police agencies after allegedly abandoning a late-model Jeep and fleeing on foot.  He faces a Class A felony count of receiving stolen property, Class B felony count of driving after being certified a habitual offender, Class A misdemeanor count of disobeying a police officer, and violation-level offense of reckless driving.  At about 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, 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 driving southbound on Interstate 89 in Sutton and activated their lights and sirens for a motor vehicle stop. But Blanchard accelerated and continued driving southbound at speeds that reached 107 mph Blanchard passing other vehicles in an unsafe manner. Blanchard then turned off the interstate and went northbound to Warner.  The Jeep’s GPS was tracked to Warner, where the troopers who had been in pursuit stopped to find it abandoned.  On the search, troopers took a nearby on-ramp to I-89 and soon saw the suspect. Blanchard was arrested after a short foot pursuit. Blanchard was found after troopers, assisted by the Warner Police Department and Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department, set up a perimeter to isolate him.  He was located about an hour after the car chase began. After an arraignment and bail hearing on Monday at Merrimack Superior Court, bail was set by the court at $3,500 cash.