For Immediate Release: 3/21/2018 11:27 pm
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at approximately 9:44 AM, a Worcester Police officer, working out of the Operations Division, was operating his marked police vehicle on Franklin Street and approaching Main Street. At this time the officer began to turn left onto Main Street. The officer observed a Black Ford Escape on Main Street. The sight of this vehicle piqued the interest of the officer as one similar was recently involved in an unarmed robbery and officers were told to be on the lookout for it.
The officer passed the vehicle and observed Derek Thomas, 30-years-old of 251 Chapel Street, Holden, in the driver’s seat along with an unknown male in the passenger seat. The officer was familiar with Mr. Thomas. The officer pulled his cruiser to the side of Main Street by Chatham Street and stopped. The officer entered Mr. Thomas’s name into the computer system to check on his driver’s license status. The license check came back that Mr. Thomas was operating the vehicle with a revoked license.
The Ford Escape was heading towards where the cruiser was parked but turned right onto Chatham Street. The officer began to follow the Ford. At this time the officer activated the cruiser emergency lights and signaled Mr. Thomas to pull the Ford to the side of the road and stop. Mr. Thomas refused to stop and continued to drive onward. The officer could see that Mr. Thomas was beginning to accelerate away from him. The officer observed Mr. Thomas violate several traffic signals and signs. Mr. Thomas began to operate recklessly and subsequently collided with a motor vehicle that was traveling east on Austin Street. The collision occurred at the intersection of Oxford Street and Austin Street. The force of the collision sent Mr. Thomas’s vehicle into the rear of a parked Post Office mail truck.
At this time the officer arrived at the scene and parked his cruiser directly behind the Ford. Mr. Thomas and the unidentified male quickly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee. In Mr. Thomas’ hast to flee the scene, he failed to place the vehicle in park, which was on a slight hill, and subsequently rolled backwards into the cruiser. Blocked by the vehicles, the officer climbed over the hood of the cruiser and quickly apprehended both males and held them in place until backup officers arrived and assisted in securing the two men in handcuffs.
Once secured, the officer went to the vehicle that was struck at the intersection and checked on the welfare of the driver. The driver was complaining of neck and back pain but was checked at the scene by Worcester EMT’s and cleared. EMT’s also checked on Mr. Thomas and the passenger, now identified as Darren Dupree, 46-years-old of 130 Belmont Street, and they too were medically cleared.
A search of the Ford produced a glass pipe that was filled with crack cocaine.
Mr. Thomas was charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Operating a MV Negligently so as to Endanger, Failure to Stop for Police, Possession of Class B Substance, Misleading a Police Investigation, and two Counts of Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign and/or Red Light.
Mr. Dupree was charged with Possession of Class B Substance and Interfering with a Police Officer.
The vehicle information was documented and handed over to detectives that are currently working on the unarmed robbery. It is unknown at this time if the vehicle is connected to the unarmed robbery.
Both men will be arraigned tomorrow at the Worcester County District Courthouse.