Police: Nashua woman leaves child behind after crashing car

Police: Nashua woman leaves child behind after crashing car

NASHUA, N.H. — A Nashua, New Hampshire woman is facing a list of charges after taking off from an attempted traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers were looking for distracted drivers when they saw someone using their phone while driving. When the officer tried to pull over the woman driving, she allegedly accelerated and took off down Amherst Street. Police did not chase after her.

Soon after, the vehicle was found near Amherst and Vernon streets where it had crashed into a business. The driver got out of the car and fled on foot before being taken into custody while trying to hide in a home, police said.

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"She had to have been doing probably 90 when she hit over here, and she hit the whole building, she went from that side of the building all the way to the other building when she finally stopped," said witness Pam Leduc.

Leduc, who lives next door, ran outside after hearing the crash. She was shocked to see a 6-year-old child in the back seat of the crashed vehicle.

"He was crying, he was scared, wanted his mom," said Leduc. "He went chasing after her, I grabbed him so he didn't get hurt."

The boy was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The driver was identified as 32-year-old Tracey Pelletier of Nashua. She is charged with disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, reckless conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting detention, criminal trespass, operating after suspension, and use of a phone while driving.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed it should call police.