Mass State Police Arrest Two Connecticut Men In High Speed Pursuit

By Jerry Filmore –

On Tuesday, just before noon, Trooper Brian Gervais with the Massachusetts State Police observed a black Acura sedan pass his location while he was stationary observing traffic on Route 84 eastbound in Sturbridge.

Trooper Gervais was able to catch up to the vehicle and as they approached Exit 3 State Police said, “The Acura made erratic lane changes, cutting off other motorists, and exited Route 84. Trooper Gervais followed the vehicle and observed it make an illegal U-turn to again enter Route 84 eastbound. He immediately activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.”

But instead of Stopping for Trooper Gervais, State Police say, “The Acura refused to stop at which point Trooper Gervais notified all area cruisers and stations that he was in pursuit of the vehicle. During pursuit Trooper Gervais observed the two front seat occupants switch places while the vehicle was moving. A short time later the Troop Duty Officer ordered termination with follow up investigation in an attempt to identify the occupants. The State Police Air Wing was monitoring communications and advised they had a visual of the vehicle.”

Air 5, State Police say , “Was observing the Acura from a distance the operator continued to disobey traffic laws with no cruisers in pursuit. However, the vehicle eventually stopped and all parties exited surrendering to the Air Wing.”

Troopers on the ground arrived on scene and arrested two of the vehicle’s occupants and they have been identified as:

Oscar Santiago, 25, of Hartford, CT. was charged with Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Attaching Plates Wrong Motor Vehicle Plates, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speeding, Breakdown Lane Violation, Marked Lanes Violation, Fail to Signal, License Plate Violation, Improper Turn and Passing Violation.

Omar Santiago, 25, 0f New Britain, CT. was charged with Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Attaching Plates Wrong Motor Vehicle Plates, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Speeding, Breakdown Lane Violation, Marked Lanes Violation, Fail to Signal, License Plate Violation, Improper Turn and Passing Violation.

State Police say that “A third occupant was released from the scene without charges.

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