For Immediate Release: 10/18/2017 10:33 pm
Worcester, MA (October 18, 2017) - On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at approximately 12:06 PM, a Worcester Police officer working out of the Gang Unit was operating his unmarked police vehicle on Windsor Street, southbound towards Sturgis Street. While approaching the area of 55 Windsor Street, the officer observed a construction vehicle with traffic cones around it blocking a portion of the roadway. The officer began to drive around the obstruction and observed a vehicle traveling directly at him at a high rate of speed. The approaching vehicle refused to slow down or stop as the cars got closer. Eventually the vehicle was forced to stop. At this time the officer looked at the driver and recognized him to be Bryan Chavez, 23-years-old, of 10 Massasoit Road.
The officer is familiar with Mr. Chavez as he is a known member of a local gang. The officer knew that Mr. Chavez did not have an active driver’s license because it had been suspended. The officer yelled out to Mr. Chavez to stop the vehicle. Mr. Chavez ignored the officer and drove off at a very high rate of speed.
The officer noticed that Mr. Chavez was driving very recklessly and decided not to engage in pursuing him. The officer began to call out his observations when he witnessed Mr. Chavez lose control of his vehicle and hit a parked vehicle. The force of impact sent the parked vehicle into another vehicle that was parked in front of it.
The officer observed Mr. Chavez’s vehicle strike the car and flip up and onto its roof where it came to rest. Mr. Chavez was seen climbing out of the vehicle and run away. The officer was about to engage Mr. Chavez in a foot pursuit but then observed a passenger in Mr. Chavez’s vehicle screaming in pain and another person inside the parked vehicle that was just hit. The officer called out with Mr. Chavez’s last known direction of travel and then attended to the people that appeared to be injured.
The passenger in Mr. Chavez’s vehicle was identified as a 25-year-old local man. The man appeared to be suffering from some broken bones.
The person in the parked vehicle was identified as a 61-year-old female. The female appeared shaken and was suffering from neck and back pain.
Members of the Worcester Fire Department and Worcester EMS arrived at the scene and treated the injured. Several Worcester police units arrived at the scene and began to search for Mr. Chavez.
A work crew stationed nearby approached the officers and stated that they located Mr. Chavez and convinced him to come out of hiding and meet up with the officers at the crash scene. Mr. Chavez did make it back to the area and was placed under arrest. Mr. Chavez stated that he was also injured in the crash.
Mr. Chavez was treated at the scene by emergency personnel. All three people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The female was treated for minor injuries and then released. The passenger in Mr. Chavez’s vehicle was taken into emergency surgery. His exact condition is unknown at this time but he is believed to have non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Chavez was treated for his injuries and then released to police custody. Mr. Chavez was then transported back to police headquarters for processing.
Due to the nature of this incident, members of the WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit were called in to assist in the investigation and to process the crash scene.
All three vehicles were towed from the scene. A full mechanical inspection will be conducted on Mr. Chavez’s 2001 Saturn.
Mr. Chavez was charged with Speeding, Operating a MV with a Suspended License, Operating a MV with a Suspended Registration, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Personal Injury, Operating a MV Recklessly so as to Endanger and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.
Mr. Chavez will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Thursday, October 19, 2017.