At about 2:07 AM on Friday, March 07, 2014, an officer performing a detail at The Under Bar in the area of 279 Tremont Street in District A-1 (Downtown) responded to sounds of a loud disturbance on the street in front of the bar.
As the officer exited the building, he observed one of the bar’s security personnel banging on the window of a silver SUV and yelling in an attempt to stop the operator and the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle ignored these attempts and accelerated away from the scene, down Tremont Street and through a red light at a high rate of speed, causing pedestrians crossing the roadway to flee back onto the sidewalk. The officer was then informed by the bar’s employee that the fleeing vehicle had pulled a U-turn on Tremont Street at an excessive speed and struck a pedestrian, knocking him off his feet and slamming him to the ground. The officer broadcast the description and direction of flight of the vehicle and tended to the victim, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and declined to be transported to a hospital.
Officers in the area were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Herald Street toward the I-93S expressway. Officers observed the vehicle strike numerous guard rails prior to exiting the expressway at Morrissey Boulevard, where the vehicle struck the median and blew out a tire. The vehicle came to a stop, and the operator exited the vehicle with his hands raised.
Officers arrested the operator and transported him to District A-1 for booking. During the booking process, the suspect could not verbally communicate, vomited, and appeared to be intoxicated. Due to his physical state, the suspect was evaluated by EMS and transported to an area hospital.
Thirty-year-old Kerrie Benton of Brockton was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle After License Suspended/Revoked, Driving to Endanger, Failure to Stop For Police, Leaving the Scene of an Accident: Personal Injury, and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.