Suspect 'driving on his rims' arrested after leading police on 21-mile pursuit

The suspect, who was driving with flat tires, struck and damaged three cruisers as the pursuit came to a halt

By Luis Fieldman

WORCESTER, Mass. —  State police identified the 26-year-old suspect of a reportedly stolen vehicle who led police on a 21-mile chase — in a car with flat tires — that lead to a crash involving three police cruisers early Wednesday morning.

Tristan Breton of Mainville, Rhode Island, was arrested following the pursuit and is facing several charges, including motor vehicle larceny and three charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and will be brought to Clinton District Court for his arraignment later Wednesday morning, according to David Procopio, a state police spokesperson.

Other charges Breton is facing include: failure to stop for police, three counts of vandalizing property, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding.

The incident began around 3 a.m. when a state trooper on Route 190 in Sterling observed a Dodge Charger reportedly stolen in Rhode Island previously seen driving away from authorities in Worcester, according to a State Police statement. The driver allegedly refused to stop for the state trooper in Sterling and the suspect ran over tire deflation devices set up on the road by state police yet continued driving onto Route 2 east.

“The suspect was driving on his rims by this point,” state police spokesperson David Procopio wrote in a statement.

The suspect then continued driving the Interstate 495 interchange in Littleton, and police were eventually able to box the suspect in on the highway in Concord near Walden Pond after he had driven 21 miles on flat tires, police said.

The driver struck and damaged three cruisers as the pursuit came to a halt. The lone driver of the vehicle, a man, was taken into custody, but information about his identity was not released.

Police are investigating the incident. Police said the road was cleared by 4:29 a.m.

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