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Police: Epsom man dies after fleeing from officer, hitting tree

An 18-year-old Epsom man driving a Volkswagen GTI died early yesterday morning after he tried to flee from an approaching police cruiser, veered off the road and slammed into a tree along New Rye Road, according to the state police.

The victim, identified as Allen Field, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a preliminary investigation, an Epsom police officer spotted the vehicle parked behind Epsom Central School about 1 a.m. When Officer Dana Flanders approached in his cruiser, the vehicle sped off along Black Hall Road. Flanders began a pursuit but, according to the state police, he quickly realized he would be unable to keep pace with the car, which was traveling at an unspecified high speed, and ended the chase.

However, Flanders soon came upon the vehicle, which had flipped and was resting on its roof, according to the police.

The state and local police, as well as the Epsom Fire Department and the state medical examiner’s office, all responded to the accident.

According to a Facebook page registered under his name, Field graduated this spring from Pembroke Academy and either was or had planned to take classes at NHTI. A photograph posted in December on the page shows a red Volkswagen GTI, with the caption, “My New Car!”

The crash remained under investigation as of yesterday afternoon, according to a press release. Anyone who can provide information about it is asked to contact state police Troop D at 672-3333.

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

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