High-Speed UHaul Van Chase In Worcester Leads To One Arrest

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The driver of a UHaul van is in police custody after he lead Massachusetts State Police on a high-speed chase from Worcester to Sterling on Friday morning.

According to a spokesperson for MSP, shortly before 10 a.m. a Trooper tried to stop the UHaul van for unsafely exiting Route 290 in Worcester, but the driver refused to stop and police initiated a pursuit.

In light traffic, MSP said the van "fled at high speeds" on 290 eastbound and then entered Route 190 northbound and "continued at high speeds." After briefly exiting 190 northbound at Exit 5, the suspect vehicle got back onto the highway and continued northbound.

Approximately a quarter mile north of Exit 4, Sterling Police deployed a tire deflation device which deflated one of the van's front tires. The driver continued north toward Exit 6, where he took the exit and crashed at the bottom of the ramp on Route 12.

A male juvenile, who is believed to have been the driver, fled the scene and was soon found and captured by a Trooper at Bartlett's Pond Way. He was transported to the Holden Barracks for booking.

Troopers also took two male passengers of the van into custody. They were transported to Leominster Hospital with minor injuries and may also face charges.

UPDATE; 3:12 p.m. MSP has confirmed only the driver has been charged at this point. He is a 16-year-old male from Dorchester who is facing the following offenses: Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Failure to Stop for Police; Marijuana in an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle; Marked Lanes Violation; and Speeding. MSP said the rented UHaul 2020 Ford Transit van is registered in Arizona.

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