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Franklin man arrested in Salisbury after five-hour police chase

A 31-year-old Franklin man was arrested yesterday in Salisbury after a five-hour police chase that began in Warner, involved police dogs and a diverted traffic helicopter, and which apparently left one suspect at large.

State police officials said the pursuit began at 9:42 a.m. on Couchtown Road when a business owner reported an attempted theft by two suspects who had fled on foot into the woods. The Franklin man, identified as Mark Charles, was eventually flushed from the woods with help from a passing motorist who saw him hiding behind a tree near a canoe launch, the police said in a statement. Charles was apprehended soon after near the Salisbury town line. He was charged with criminal trespassing and attempted theft and was released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail. He is set to appear in Hillsboro’s district court June 26.

The statement made no mention of what happened to the second suspect. Trooper Irwin Malilay, one of the officers handling the case, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Anyone with information related to the incident can contact Malilay or Sgt. Ronald Taylor of Troop D at 271-3636.

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