FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — State Troopers saved two kittens from a burning car after a brief pursuit along the Massachusetts Turnpike Friday afternoon.
According to Massachusetts State Police, shortly after 4 p.m. Troopers heading eastbound on the Turnpike in Framingham attempted to stop a car with no inspection sticker. MSP said the driver, a 26-year-old woman from Westford, also had a suspended license.
She refused to stop, and was pursued by MSP until she pulled into the Natick service plaza. As Troopers approached her, she reportedly sped away, and the pursuit continued.
A few moments later, MSP said the woman was pulled over in the breakdown lane in Wayland. Her car began smoking from the undercarriage, and then it caught on fire.
"Troopers removed the driver from the car," said a spokesperson for MSP. "As they did so, she flailed and kicked at them. Once she was subdued she told Troopers that her kittens were still in the burning car, which by this point was fully engulfed. Troopers were not able to access the doors to the car because of the flames; the Troopers then smashed the car’s rear window and located the two kittens inside a transport cage in the car. They pulled the cage from the car in time to prevent the kittens from being burned or injured in any way."
The Wayland Fire Department responded and knocked down the car fire. When the woman was put into the back of a cruiser, police said she kicked at the windows, and also complained of pain. A Wayland EMS ambulance responded to the scene and transported her to Framingham Union Hospital for evaluation.
The woman was still at the hospital as of Friday night. State Police said she is expected to face charges that are still being determined. The charges are expected to include violations for driving without a license and inspection stickers, failure to stop for police, and assault and battery on a police officer. Her name is not being released at this time.
Troopers brought the kittens to an animal shelter in Natick, where arrangements were made for a member of the woman’s family to pick them up.
(Photo: Mass. State Police)