Two state troopers have been relieved of duty after a videotaped high-speed chase across Massachusetts and New Hampshire ended with the suspect, who was on the ground, appeared to be beaten by officers, authorities said Thursday.
Richard Simone, 50, allegedly led police on a hour-long pursuit that started in Holden and concluded on a dead-end street in Nashua, New Hampshire, officials said.
The video shows Simone exiting his truck, then kneeling and appearing to lie on the asphalt. At least two officers appear to punch him.
One trooper was suspended from the Massachusetts State Police, the other was relieved of duty from New Hampshire’s state agency. Neither was identified.
“The Massachusetts State Police expect and demand all department members to act at all times with integrity, honor, and adherence to the law,” officials said Thursday.
New Hampshire State Police Director Col. Robert Quinn said his trooper was suspended without pay immediately after the videotaped arrest.
“The events of Wednesday evening are disturbing,” he said. “However, we will not know the complete facts and circumstances surrounding this event until the investigation by an independent agency is concluded."
Police say Simone refused to stop for local officers in Holden and led law enforcement on a wild chase that reached speeds surpassing 100 mph. Simone was wanted on several warrants for charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny.
He is being held without bail in New Hampshire pending extradition to Massachusetts, police said.