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Motorcyclist in high-speed Concord chase held on $10,000 cash bail

A Manchester motorcyclist accused of leading troopers on a high-speed chase through Concord early Saturday was arraigned yesterday on several charges, including transportation of drugs, resisting arrest and possession of crack cocaine.

David Fries, 31, appeared by video in Concord’s district court and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. The police said Fries crashed his 2000 Suzuki motorcycle during the pursuit and fled into the woods near Exit 3 on Interstate 393. He was detained with help from a police canine unit after about 45 minutes.

Authorities said Fries had a hypodermic needle, a smoking pipe and crack cocaine in his possession at the time.

The pursuit started about 2:45 a.m. when a trooper clocked Fries traveling 127 mph just north of the Hooksett rest area. Fries was treated for a broken ankle and sent to the Merrimack County jail.

The state police said yesterday that Fries has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2000 and includes burglary, theft, manufacturing of controlled drugs and simple assault. He is on probation for a drug conviction out of Hillsborough County Superior Court, and faces a suspended prison sentence following the arrest this weekend.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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