Topsfield PD Chases Car Driven by Peabody Man into Danvers
Topsfield police arrested a 22-year-old Peabody man after chasing his car down Route 1 South into Danvers, just over the town line, Tuesday night.
Topsfield police arrested a Peabody man Tuesday night after chasing him down Route 1 into Danvers.
It must not have been much of a chase at the end, however; police radio transmissions Tuesday night reported the suspect’s vehicle was driving on four flat tires, ultimately on its rims at about 15 mph, before coming to a crashing halt.
John K. Velez, 22, of Rockway Road, Peabody, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage and failure to stop for an officer, among other motor vehicle charges.
Topsfield Police Sgt. Jerry Harrison said Velez was injured after his vehicle was stopped and he was transported to the hospital, but released soon after and taken back to Topsfield for booking. Velez was arraigned on the charges Wednesday in district court.
Harrison said Topsfield police received a report at 11:11 p.m. of a hit and run accident, involving both damage to another vehicle and some property on Main Street in Topsfield. The suspect vehicle, a blue Toyota, was last seen heading towards Topsfield Center.
Harrison said officer Sean Frost spotted the car passing through the center of town and turned around to pursue, resulting in a chase down Route 1 South. The state police were called in to assist in the chase.
Harrison said he was not aware of any injury to officers during the pursuit and he did not have any information as to what caused the crash.
According to radio transmissions at the time, however, one state trooper did end up with glass in his eye. It was unclear as to how exactly it happened. State police did not return a phone call for comment on the story Wednesday morning.
Velez did try to ram both a Topsfield cruiser and a state police cruiser, according to radio transmissions.