At about 3:00 PM on Friday November 25, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a domestic disturbance on Julian Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed the suspect, a 30 year old male from Lawrence, in the driver’s seat of a parked motor vehicle speaking to the female victim who was standing next to the car. As the officers walked up to speak to both parties, the suspect suddenly put the vehicle in gear and accelerated, striking one of the officers who was approaching the front of the car. The officer quickly braced himself as the car struck him and was able to roll off of the hood. The suspect then struck a parked car before continuing to flee the scene at a high rate of speed. Both officers returned to their cruiser, and followed the suspect while updating additional units. The officers soon lost sight of the vehicle but were aware that the suspect might attempt to utilize the highway to return home. Responding units canvassed the area and located the suspect after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed while travelling on 93 Northbound near Exit 16. The suspect fled on foot but was taken into custody after a brief pursuit. It was later revealed that the suspect was wanted on several outstanding warrants and that the license plates on the vehicle he was operating had previously been reported stolen. The suspect will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Assault & Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Causing Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Causing Property Damage and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.
The officer who was struck by the suspect’s vehicle was later treated and released from an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.