For Immediate Release: 11/10/2019 11:06 am
On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at approximately 6:00 PM a Worcester police officer observed a vehicle traveling on Russel Street toward Park Avenue without headlights on. The officer checked the license plate which revealed that the vehicle was stolen. In an attempt to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the officer activated his overhead emergency lights and siren. The operator of the motor vehicle went around another vehicle traveling in the opposite lane and picked up speed. The vehicle then went through a red light at Elm Street and Park Avenue and continued on to Pleasant Street. The officer lost sight of the vehicle and stopped attempting to locate the vehicle. The officer radioed a description of the vehicle.
A short time later, another officer located the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was seen driving through the stop sign located at the corner of Beaver and Crystal Streets. The officer was able to get behind the suspect vehicle at the red light at Main and Crystal Streets. At this time, the officer had not activated his overhead emergency lights. The suspect vehicle accelerated in reverse and slammed into the front of the cruiser. The suspect vehicle proceeded to travel on to Crystal Street. The officer activated his overhead lights and siren in attempt to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued onto Illinois Street in a reckless manner running multiple stop signs. The vehicle turned onto Hollis Street and took a reckless right onto Gardner Street subsequently striking another officer’s cruiser. The crash damaged the rear driver’s side of the cruiser. After striking the cruiser, the vehicle continued on to Tainter Street and then to Main Street. The vehicle damaged a pedestrian crosswalk sign by driving directly through it. The operator traveled to Canterbury Street ignoring more stop signs. The vehicle continued to drive recklessly on various roadways until striking an unoccupied parked vehicle on Hitchcock Road. As a result of the crash, the vehicle became disabled.
The passenger of the vehicle exited the vehicle and fled toward Haynes Street. Officers stopped the male who actively resisted arrest. He was eventually apprehended.
The operator of the vehicle was a 17-year-old male. The juvenile ignored all police commands and spit on one of the officers as he was taken into custody at the scene.
The 17-year-old male operator of the vehicle was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (2), Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign of Flashing Red Light (4), Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Illegally Attaching Plate (2), Leaving the Scene of Property Damage (2), Operating Negligently so as to Endanger, Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Failure to Stop for Police.
The 17-year-old male passenger was charged with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority.