(Wellesley Police Department)
by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030
WELLESLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Wellesley police say they have arrested a suspect after one of their officers is hit and dragged by a car during an arrest.
According to authorities, the patrolman stopped a silver Nissan Altima with a temporary tag on route 9 near Route 128, discovered it was stolen and tried to arrest the operator who struggled and began driving away with the officer still halfway inside the car. The unnamed officer was dragged 15 feet before he was able to free himself.
He has been released from Beth Israel hospital and is recovering at home.
The fleeing driver, identified as Theodore Newton of Newark Delaware was caught by Massachusetts State Police in Sturbridge. Newton was a back seat passenger in a Kia Optima pulled over on Route 84 in a routine motor vehicle stop. He demanded to know why the car was being pulled over so the trooper asked for his identification and was told he did not have any but his name was Brendon Newton. The trooper checked with dispatch and was sent a photo of the wanted Mr. Newton, and they matched.
Brendon akaTheodore was taken into custody and is currently being held without bail prior to his scheduled appearance in Dedham District Court tomorrow. He is being charged with assault and battery on a Police Officer, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident to name just a few.