Teen steals car from Burrillville, commits car break-ins and flees police before crash


DOUGLAS, Mass. – A teenager from Manchester, Conn. stole a Sedan from Burrillville and fled from police in three towns before officers used stop sticks to disable the vehicle, and it collided with a median on the highway on Saturday, Dec. 7.

According to information from police in Douglas, Mass. officers spotted the Sedan along with another car, a SUV, around 1:30 a.m. in the area of Walnut Street. Both cars reportedly tried to leave the scene quickly.

Officers attempted to pull over the Sedan, but it traveled across state borders “at a high rate of speed,” where Burrillville Police also attempted to stop it, according to reports.

The Sedan fled back into Douglas, then into Webster, Mass. and continued onto 395 north at excessive speeds, according to police. There, Massachusetts State Police deployed stop sticks that disabled the car, and the operator continued on for a short distance before crashing into the median.

The driver was identified as a 16-year-old juvenile from Manchester, Conn.

Douglas police say an investigation revealed that the juvenile and the occupants in the SUV were in the area committing car breaks when they originally encountered officers.

The juvenile is now reportedly in the custody of the Department of Youth Services and is facing numerous motor vehicle charges, with more charges anticipated related to car break-ins.

In a release, Douglas police thanked all agencies involved including Burrillville, Webster and the Massachusetts State Police.

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