LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Massachusetts State Trooper had to drive himself to the hospital on Friday morning, after the teenager behind the wheel of a stolen car allegedly struck him while trying to flee.
According to Massachusetts State Police, authorities in Haverhill had stopped the driver of a Mercedes that had been stolen from a car dealership, but he took off at a high rate of speed along Route 495.
MSP said at around 9 a.m., a Trooper spotted the same Mercedes heading southbound on Route 93, just south of Exit 42 in Andover, and tried to pull over the driver.
When the suspect refused to stop, MSP initiated a pursuit south of Route 95/128 in Woburn, and attempted to use a tire deflation device, which failed.
At around 9:30 a.m., another Trooper working a paid detail was turning around on Auburn Street in Medford when he observed the stolen Mercedes come to a stop.
MSP said the Trooper exited his cruiser and ordered the driver to stop, but he drove away striking the Trooper, his cruiser and another vehicle in the process. The Trooper drove himself to a local hospital for evaluation. There was no word on his condition.
Around five hours after the Mercedes was reportedly stolen, it was located in Lynn by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing. The vehicle was followed by both marked and unmarked cruisers, and four individuals were taken into custody without incident.
The driver, 18-year-old Jonathan Cesar of Malden, and his three passengers, 18-year-old Yosvani Hernandez of Somerville and two juveniles, were charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
The incident is under investigation and MSP said more charges may follow.
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