Driver dies after fleeing from police and crashing into telephone pole in Haverhill

The driver who fled from police after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in Merrimac then crashed into a telephone pole in Haverhill has died, police announced Sunday.

Merrimac Police Chief Eric M. Shears said the name of the male driver will be released once the family has been notified. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office will release the name. The man died around 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

“This is obviously an unfortunate outcome,” Shears said. “We are actively investigating and hope to learn more about the circumstances surrounding this incident as soon as possible.”

A Merrimac police officer stopped a vehicle in the area of 100 West Main St. around 4:05 p.m. Saturday for having an expired registration.

“As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped off and the officer returned to his car and attempted to catch the vehicle as it fled onto Route 110 and into Haverhill,” police said in a statement. “The officer, who was unable to catch up to the driver, rounded a corner on Atwood Road in Haverhill and encountered the vehicle after it had crashed into a telephone pole.”

The incident remains under investigation.