Dracut Man Arrested for Drugged Driving After Alleged Police Chase
LEXINGTON -- State Police arrested a Dracut man they described as a repeat drugged-driving offender Friday afternoon after he allegedly led police on a pursuit along Interstate 95 while under the influence, according to a press release.
Daniel Gentile, 58, faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs (third offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, failure to stop for police, and a marked-lanes violation following the alleged incident.
Around 4:30 p.m., a witness called police to report a white Dodge Ram truck “all over the road” on Interstate 95 in Stoneham, State Police wrote in a press release. Trooper Daniel Katz located the vehicle south of exit 32 in Burlington and attempted to pull it over, but the driver allegedly refused to stop and triggered a police chase.
Officers deployed a stop sticks tire deflation device around exit 29, and three of the truck’s four tires struck the device, bringing it to a stop in Lexington. An investigation found Gentile operating the vehicle under the influence of narcotics. Police also located both a female passenger, who was also suspected of being under the influence, and a dog in the truck, officials said.
Gentile was booked at the Massachusetts State Police Danvers Barracks and is being held in lieu of a $7,500 cash bail. It is not clear when he will be arraigned.
The dog was taken to a local humane society, police said. No further information was available Friday.
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