ATTLEBORO, MA (WBZ-AM)--Massachusetts State Police apprehend a pair of men suspected in two armed bank robberies after a high speed pursuit.
Police spotted two men in a white Toyota Avalon wanted in connection to the robberies on Route 1 in Foxboro yesterday afternoon around 3:42pm. The car took off at high speed onto Route 495 onto Route 95 southbound, after the officer tried to pull it over. The suspects exited the highway at Exit 5 in Attleboro and crashed when they tried to change direction. The two suspects ran from the car into the woods. Troopers were able to catch the passenger, 48 year old Dong Lee of Providence who had suffered minor injuries from the crash. Lee was taken to Norwood Hospital for treatment before being charged with receiving stolen property, and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was able to escape in a stolen Honda Civic from a nearby gas station. He was spotted minutes later on Route 1 in North Attleboro. Again the suspect refused to stop for police. While trying to evade capture, Charles Wheeler of Weymouth drove against traffic on the opposite side of the road until stopping at the Rhode Island border. He then tried to flee on foot and was captured after being tased by state troopers.
One of the cruisers taking part in the second pursuit was involved in a two car crash on Route 1 at Cumberland Avenue in Attleboro. That Trooper was transported to the local hospital with minor injuries.
Both suspects are expected to face additional charges.