LEICESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Worcester man injured in a brief police chase was arrested after it was discovered he had stolen the car he crashed near the Leicester/Worcester line early Tuesday morning, police said.
William Henry Brown, Jr., 35, is facing a multitude of charges that include speeding, use of motor vehicle without authority, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with license revoked, failure to stop for police, marked lanes violation, and receiving stolen property over $250.
An officer monitoring traffic on Route 9 at the intersection of Old Main Street at about 12:30 a.m. spotted two cars that appeared to be following one another and speeding approximately 15 to 17 mph over the speed limit.
When the officer attempted to pull the cars over, both fled east on Route 9 towards Worcester.
The driver of the second car, a Jeep Liberty, lost control and struck a telephone poll. The SUV went down an embankment and off a retaining wall before it became hung up on a support wire suspended approximately 15 feet off the ground.
Additional rescue crews responded to pull the SUV back off the wire and found the driver was no longer in the vehicle.
As police were securing the Jeep, which had been reported stolen late last week in Worcester, a Leicester resident called and reported that someone had just broken into their car.
Authorities responded to the area and set up a perimeter.
As crews and canines searched the area, an officer found the suspect hiding underneath a van at a nearby business. The suspect, later identified as Brown, sustained injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital to be treated.
The first car seen in Leicester did not stop when the second car crashed, but was found three blocks away crashed into a building. The car had also been stolen out of a driveway in Leicester.
An investigation into the car thefts and house breaks is ongoing. Authorities are working together to identify additional suspects.