Trooper hurt, driver arrested after Pike pursuit
BOSTON -- A driver is accused of making a mad dash on a collision course with state troopers.
Police say the 29-year-old male driver from Framingham was originally in Boston when a grandfather crossing the street with his grandson told him to turn his loud music down.
“They swerved in the direction after he complained about his noise,” said David Procopio, a state police spokesperson.
They weren’t hit. Police say the grandfather then grabbed a nearby trooper, who tried to get the suspect to stop. The grandfather said the driver was in a MAZDA3, according to Procopio.
“The suspect’s vehicle refused to stop. He drove at the trooper, causing him to move out of the way,” said Procopio.
The suspect then fled from police, taking them for a wild ride down the Massachusetts Turnpike.
“Speeds reached at some points in excess of 80 miles per hour,” said Procopio.
Police shut portions of the roadway down during the chase, causing traffic backups.
“At one point, several cruisers had the suspect’s vehicle boxed in on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham. He barreled through those cruisers. He struck... at least three of them,” said Procopio.
Twenty miles later in Framingham, police were able to force the suspect to stop.
Police say one trooper was hurt when the suspect got out of his car near Framingham and continued resisting arrest. After suffering minor injuries, he was treated and released from a local hospital.
State police are reviewing the pursuit and the arrest to make sure all rules were followed.
The suspect, who apparently has an outstanding warrant in Boston, is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday. He is now facing five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon -- his car.
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