An hour-long police chase that began in Massachusetts and stretched into New Hampshire on Wednesday ended with a sudden burst of violence, as video footage capturing the conclusion of the pursuit showed at least two officers repeatedly punching the driver after he got out of the car.
The brief incident, filmed by a helicopter overhead, has prompted reviews by law enforcement officials in both states, including a criminal probe in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire attorney general’s office “will be conducting a criminal investigation to determine what force was used, by whom, and whether it was appropriate under the law,” Jeffrey A. Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general, wrote in an email Thursday morning.
The pursuit began shortly after 4 p.m., according to a timeline offered by the Massachusetts State Police. The Holden, Mass., police tried to stop a pickup truck driven by Richard Simone of Worcester, a 50-year-old man the state police said was the subject of warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny and failure to stop for officers.
When Simone refused to stop, the Holden police began to chase him, and a Massachusetts state trooper soon joined them.