Suspect In City Water Tank Truck Pursued Through Mass., Rhode Island

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Following a lengthy pursuit through several towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Friday afternoon, State Police took a man into custody after he allegedly stole a City-owned water tank truck.

According to MSP, Boston police broadcast a description of the stolen water tank truck, which is owned by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, at around 12:20 p.m.

The truck had an GPS device onboard, that showed it was traveling on Route 495 southbound in Wrentham and continued into Franklin.

Moments later, MSP located the truck and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, but Troopers said the suspect refused to stop, so they continued to pursue him until he exited 495 onto Route 95 southbound.

MSP notified Rhode Island State Police that the pursuit might enter their state, and RISP positioned a cruiser on the state line.

After the stolen truck crossed into Rhode Island, it was pursued by two RISP cruisers. Moments later RISP advised MSP that the stolen truck was now on Route 195 heading back toward Massachusetts. MSP Troopers picked the pursuit back up on Route 195 eastbound through Seekonk into Fall River.

Shortly after 1 p.m. the stolen truck struck a tire deflation device put down by an MSP Trooper, sustaining a flat right front tire. MSP said the driver continued to travel eastbound on the flat tire, and exited 195 onto Route 88 southbound in Westport.

Several minutes later, MSP said the suspect voluntarily pulled to a stop on 88, and he was taken into custody. The suspect, a 48-year-old male, was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for evaluation. MSP said he will be summonsed to court to face criminal charges at later date.

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing also assisted in providing overflight support of the pursuit.

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