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Pepperell man faces charges in road-rage incident

HUDSON, N.H. — A 35-year-old Pepperell man is facing a series of charges after police say road rage led him to kick and punch another vehicle containing a 21-year-old man, a woman and a 5-month-old child during an incident on the Circumferential Highway.

James Burke was arrested shortly after he fled from the road rage incident, because he crashed his vehicle into another vehicle a short distance up the road, according to a press release from Hudson police.

Officers were called to the Circumferential Highway Tuesday about 6:30 p.m., and discovered that Burke got out of his vehicle at the intersection with Lowell Road, punched the window of another vehicle and then kicked its driver’s side door.

Inside the vehicle Burke punched and kicked were a 21-year-old Hudson man who was driving, his 20-year-old girlfriend and the couple’s 5-month-old child, police said.

The 21-year-old driver drove away after Burke punched his vehicle, but Burke continued following him south on Lowell Road, passing him, pulling in front of him and stopping abruptly, according to police.

Burke soon crashed his vehicle into the victim’s vehicle and then fled the scene northbound on Lowell Road, according to police.

Burke didn’t get far, though. Police say he crashed his vehicle into a second vehicle that was not involved in the road rage incident at Lowell Road and Wason Road.

Police then took Burke into custody and charged him with driving while intoxicated, conduct after an accident, reckless operation, criminal mischief, criminal threatening and reckless conduct, according to police.

Burke was released on $500 cash bail, and will be arraigned on Feb. 23 in Nashua District Court.

Burke could not immediately be reached for comment.

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