Video shows police pummeling driver after pursuit

Friday, May 13, 2016
This aerial image made from a helicopter video provided by WHDH shows Richard Simone kneeling and putting his hands on the ground after a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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NASHUA, N.H. -- Helicopter video of a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire shows a driver stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start pummeling him.

The driver was taken into custody by local police Wednesday, but Massachusetts state police, who were involved in the pursuit, said they'll review whether the force used was appropriate.

The chase started Wednesday afternoon when Richard Simone of Worcester, Massachusetts, refused to stop for local police in Holden, Massachusetts, state police said. Simone was wanted on multiple warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny and failure to stop for police, they said.

Holden police chased him, and a Massachusetts state police cruiser followed, they said. The chase went through several towns at speeds exceeding 100 mph, with the pickup truck "making abrupt lane changes as the (suspect) continued to try to evade capture" and crashing at least once, police said in a statement.

The chase ended in a residential area in Nashua, New Hampshire, about 50 miles northeast of where it started.

News helicopter video shows the pickup truck stop next to a utility pole on a dead-end street before police officers surround it with their weapons drawn. The driver steps from the truck, gets onto the ground and is on all fours and lowering himself when the officers set upon him, throwing punches.

Simone was taken into custody by Nashua police, who haven't returned phone calls seeking comment on the chase and Simone's treatment.

Simone couldn't be reached for comment while in custody Wednesday night. A phone number listed for him has been disconnected.

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