October 15, 2010

Goffstown man arrested after car chase

LOWELL, MA - A car chase last week led police through highways and back roads in pursuit of a Goffstown man with four warrants. 

After the 30-minute pursuit, Jason Cheever, 33, of 144 Elm St., Goffstown, was arrested and charged with failure to stop for police, marked-lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and destruction of property over $250. 

His warrants were all for failure to appear in court on charges of providing a false name to police, failure to stop for police and two for possession of a class A drug. 

Massachusetts State police first attempted to stop Cheever at about 6 p.m. of Route 3 North just past the Route 40 exit in Chelmsford. But Cheever allegedly ignored the flashing lights and the sirens. He headed north and at some point got far enough away for police to call off the pursuit. 

However, state police soon recognized the white 1994 Nissan Sentra drive over the median and head southbound on Route 3. The car turned off at a Lowell exit. It was spotted on Lawrence Street, where a woman was seen exiting the vehicle, according to police reports. Police spoke with the woman, but did not charge her. 

The chase resumed, leading police down Lowell roadways and then back onto another highway. 

A tire-deflating device was used by police on Woburn Street, causing the driver to lose speed and eventually drive on two flat tires. 

The chase continued onto Interstate 495 South and than Route 3 North, where Cheever lost control of his vehicle. He allegedly struck a Chelmsford police cruiser before crashing into the guardrail. 

State police say Cheever exited the vehicle and attempted to run into the woods, but was stopped by State Police Sgt. Eric Bernstein, who placed the suspect under arrest. Cheever was transported to the Andover barracks for booking.


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