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City Man Held After Fleeing from Police

September 21, 2018

LOWELL -- A Lowell man who police attempted to pull over for trying to break into a car in the Acre neighborhood Monday morning led police on a pursuit that ended in a crash, authorities say.

Geraldo Hernandez, 44, drove through stop signs and into a police cruiser before crashing a stolen vehicle into a parked car in the Highlands neighborhood, according to Lowell police Capt. Paul Laferriere.

No injuries were reported, though the police cruiser suffered front, right corner damage. Laferriere added the banged-up cruiser was still drivable afterward.

The incident began at about 3:30 a.m. Monday when police responded to a report of a man breaking into a vehicle in front of 423 Broadway St.

Upon arrival, police were told by a witness that the suspect attempting to break into the car was now walking down Broadway Street.

“Officers in the area noticed a van pulling out of a lot located at 498 Broadway St., with a male matching the description of the suspect driving,” Laferriere said.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver -- later identified as Hernandez -- refused to pull over, according to Laferriere.

“At one point during the pursuit the suspect backed into a cruiser in an attempt to get away,” he said. “At another point the suspect vehicle drove directly at two other cruisers to evade capture.”

The chase ended when Hernandez drove the van -- which turned out to be stolen -- into a parked vehicle at the intersection of Smith Street and Kimball Avenue, Laferriere said.

From there, Hernandez jumped out of the van and a short foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was apprehended in the yard at 28 Smith St.

Hernandez is facing a total of 13 charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), operating to endanger, resisting arrest, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for police and breaking and entering motor vehicle.

Elizabeth Vlock, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, said Hernandez was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Tuesday. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing that is scheduled for Friday.

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