For Immediate Release: 6/11/2017 10:38 pm
Worcester, MA (June 11, 2017) - On Saturday June 10th at about 10:15 PM police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident at 292 Lake Ave. Upon arrival, police saw a 2005 Toyota Corolla in the middle of Lake Ave. Its entire front-end was destroyed, the vehicle was leaking fluids, and smoke was coming from the engine. An off-duty Worcester firefighter had stopped and rendered aid to the driver of the sedan, who was seventy-two-years-old. She sustained back and head injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Several bystanders present also directed police attention to the other vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo. The witnesses said that the operator of the Monte Carlo had been going about 90 miles per hour at the intersection of Hamilton St and Lake Ave, and had not stopped at the stop sign, causing him to strike the Corolla on the passenger front side. The witnesses said that the operator of the Monte Carlo started running toward Lake Park after the collision.
Police organized a search for the male and called for a K-9 to assist. Shortly afterwards, police received a call for a suspicious male down the road. The nearest officer spotted the male, later identified as Robert Phelps, thirty-seven-years-old of Millbury, and he took off running again. One officer caught up with Mr. Phelps, who refused the officer’s command to stop. Mr. Phelps advanced toward the officer, and began making threats and refusing to comply. The officer deployed his baton and a struggle ensued. Mr. Phelps punched the officer in the face. The officer struck Mr. Phelps in the leg with his baton, and used his department-issued OC spray, but Mr. Phelps still did not comply and kept fighting. During the struggle, he tried to take the officer’s baton. More police showed up and they were able to subdue Mr. Phelps.
A crowd had gathered and witnessed the commotion, and numerous residents of the Lake Ave area were disturbed. Police spoke with the owner of the Monte Carlo, who confirmed that Mr. Phelps did not have permission to use the vehicle. A license check revealed the Mr. Phelps’ driver’s license was revoked. Robert Phelps was placed under arrest and charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, Operating to Endanger, Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, and Operating with a Revoked License (Second and Subsequent). He will be arraigned Monday in Worcester District Court.