State trooper struck in arm by suspect who took off at traffic stop


WOBURN ( – A Massachusetts state trooper was struck in the arm by a suspect who fled a traffic stop in a rented car Tuesday morning.

State police spokesman David Procopio said the incident began at 5:35 a.m. on Route 93 north in Woburn. The trooper had the car stopped with two suspects inside when it suddenly sped away after he exited his cruiser and approached the car on foot.

Procopio said a pursuit ensued as troopers responded to the scene. The pursuit went through Reading, North Reading and Andover as the suspects initially evaded capture.

Andover police saw vehicle traveling on Route 28 north about a half hour later. State police said it fled again, but eventually hit stop sticks in Lawrence. The car was then pursued through Lawrence before being stopped and two suspects were arrested apprehended at 106 Willard St. in Lawrence by state and Lawrence police.   

The car was rented from Thrifty Rental Car in Lawrence.
No named have been released.

The state trooper's condition is not known.