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Alleged Driver of SUV That Dragged Trooper is Caught in Fitchburg

August 17, 2018

FITCHBURG -- State Police have apprehended the alleged driver of an SUV that struck and dragged a state trooper during a vehicle stop in Webster Friday afternoon.

The driver, believed to be a 27-year-old Fitchburg resident, was located on South Street at about 6 p.m. Friday evening and has yet to be identified.

According to a statement released by the State Police, the injured state trooper was struck in the area of 26 Chase Ave. in Webster at about 12:25 p.m. The trooper was on foot, standing at the side of the suspect’s Honda Pilot when the vehicle accelerated away and dragged the trooper for “a short distance,” according to the State Police statement. The vehicle then fled in the direction of Dudley.

The trooper was transported by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He was later released from the hospital.

According to State Police Lt. Tom Ryan, the green 2008 Honda Pilot involved in the hit-and-run was located by Fitchburg police on South Street.

“The K-9 units embarked on a search and they were able to find the male occupant in the area and take him into custody,” Ryan said.

A female passenger, believed to be a 40-year-old woman from Dudley, was found in the vehicle when it was located by Fitchburg police officers. According to Ryan, she was also taken into custody, but has also not yet been identified.

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