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- 04-30-2012, 09:44 AM #1
Mass- Checkpoint Fleeing Suspect Identified
Checkpoint Fleeing Suspect Identified
The chase involving a Lawrence man happened early Sunday morning.
By Bryan McGonigle
April 29, 2012
Shots rang out early Sunday morning in Lawrence as an alleged drunk driver fled a sobriety checkpoint and struck a state trooper, and the driver was eventually apprehended in North Andover.
Shortly after 2 a.m., police say Ottoniel Herrera, 32, of 205 Prospect St., Lawrence, was operating a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee when state police pulled him over at a sobriety checkpoint on Route 28 in Lawrence. Herrera fled, and in the process he reportedly drove his vehicle at the troopers, striking one of them in his hand, according to state police reports. Police say Hererra drove down a dead-end street, turned around and came back toward the checkpoint at more than 100 miles per hour.
The troopers then opened fire on the car but did not hit the driver.
Herrera then drove away and led the state police on a chase from Route 28 ,to I-495 and into North Andover via the Massachusetts Avenue exit. Herrera took off down Sutton Street in North Andover but then crashed into a state police cruiser.
The trooper in that crash was reportedly not injured.
"State Police are processing both crime scenes and the suspect vehicle and interviewing witnesses," Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said. "Meanwhile, the trooper who suffered the hand injury has been treated at an area hospital and released."
North Andover Police Officer William Brush got the alert and rushed to the scene to help the state police, North Andover Police Chief Gallagher said. North Andover Fire Department was then notified, and EMTs transported Herrera to Lawrence General Hospital.
Herrera was released from the hospital later Sunday morning and will be arraigned Monday in Lawrence District Court on the following charges:
Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (to wit, a motor vehicle)
Assault and battery on a police officer
Operating under the influence of liquor
Leaving the scene of a personal injury crash
Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
Failure to stop for police
Failure to stop at a red light
Failure to use care when stopping
Marked lanes violation
"Defendant Herrera's actions -- from driving drunk to trying to run down a trooper to fleeing at a high rate of speed -- reveal an utter disregard for the law and for the safety of innocent citizens in cars and homes around him," Procopio said. "The defendant's reckless behavior could have caused serious injury, or worse, to innocent bystanders or police officers."
UPDATE: Checkpoint Fleeing Suspect Identified - North Andover, MA PatchThe price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 04-30-2012, 10:30 AM #2
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What did I miss? I see no reference to immigration, legal or illegal. However, since it is posted, opens the door for drunk driving debates. A drunk and a car are as dangerous to the public as a drunk and a gun! Drunk driving, first offense 15 years, endangering others recklessly eluding police 15 years, served concurrently without possibility of parole on either charge!!