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July 4, 2013

chase leads to heroin arrests

SALISBURY — A Seabrook motorist and his Salisbury passenger were charged with pushing heroin and drug-related offenses following their arrest Tuesday afternoon after a high-speed chase through multiple side streets.

Richard Willis, 29, of 60A Wortherly Ave., Seabrook; and Dean K. Cowhig, 53, 12 Baker Road, Salisbury, were arraigned yesterday at Newburyport District Court and are being held on bail, $1,000 and $500 respectively, pending pretrial hearings scheduled for July 30.

In addition to a possession of heroin with intent to distribute charge, Willis was charged with failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), two previous motor vehicle-related warrants, failure to meet minimum in-state requirements, possession of a class E substance (prescription pills) and heroin possession.

Cowhig was also charged with heroin possession to distribute, two previous warrants, heroin possession, possession of a class E substance (prescription pills) and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police confiscated two knives and a baseball bat from Cowhig, according to court records.

According to the report of Salisbury police officer Richard Dellaria, while traveling westbound on Elm Street (Route 110) around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, he noticed a blue Chrysler Sebring with an expired New Hampshire inspection sticker traveling in the opposite direction. After turning around and activating his blue lights, Dellaria heard the Sebring operator gun his engine. He followed as the sedan took a sudden left turn onto Cushing Street. Dellaria estimated Willis was traveling 60 mph down the thickly settled residential street that intersects with the town’s rail trail path.

As Dellaria closed in on the suspect’s car, Willis took an “aggressive and dangerous” left turn through a stop sign onto Bartlett Street. The vehicle drove through another stop sign at the end of Bartlett Street and took a right onto Elm Street. Willis then made another sharp turn into the Chris’ Auto Body parking lot.

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