For Immediate Release: 11/13/2017 12:51 pm
Worcester, MA (November 13, 2017) - On Monday, November 13, 2017, at approximately 2:00 AM, two Worcester police officers were on routine patrol in a fully marked police cruiser in the Main South area. At this time the officers observed a Honda Accord traveling in front of them on Main Street. The officers observed the driver of the Honda turn right onto Benefit Street without using a turn signal. The officers activated their emergency lights and signaled the Honda to stop. The operator did stop the Honda near 130 Beacon Street.
The two officers exited their cruiser and walked towards the Honda. One officer approached the driver’s door while the second officer approached the passenger door. The officer at the driver’s door asked the operator for his license and registration. The driver, later identified as Jose Figueroa, 29-years-old of 40 Elliott Street, informed the officer that his license was revoked.
The officer asked Mr. Figueroa to exit his vehicle. Mr. Figueroa refused to comply with the officer’s order. At this time Mr. Figueroa put the car in gear and accelerated the engine. The Honda speed off. The officer that was standing by the passenger door was run over by the Honda’s right rear tire.
Mr. Figueroa drove away on Beacon Street, heading towards Hermon Street. Several police officers followed Mr. Figueroa throughout the city as he refused to stop. Mr. Figueroa was driving at various speeds for approximately 15 minutes. Mr. Figueroa bailed out of the Honda in the area of Cataline Street and attempted to run away. Mr. Figueroa was eventually apprehended on Erie Avenue when he ran behind a home and attempted to climb over a fence. The fence collapsed on him and officers were there to grab him. Mr. Figueroa continued to resist and was physically subdued.
Mr. Figueroa was placed under arrest and charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (vehicle), Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Operating a MV with a Revoked License (second or subsequent offense), Driving to Endanger, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Marked Lanes Violation, Trespassing and Vandalism (fence).
The officer was not seriously hurt but was sent to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. The officer was treated and released early this morning.
Mr. Figueroa will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.