A Fitchburg man who led police on a car chase over the weekend will face multiple charges, including a fifth drunken driving charge.
Police were called to the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse Road and Route 130 in Sandwich at 5:21 PM on Saturday, July 18, when someone reported seeing a car being driven erratically. Police found the vehicle in question and saw it nearly collide with another vehicle.
The responding officer activated emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. Police said the vehicle went off the side of the road, but then jerked back onto the roadway without stopping.
While on the road, police said, the vehicle nearly hit more cars and the driver also intentionally rammed into the pursuing police cruiser, causing damage to the cruiser.
The chase continued into Bourne along Route 6A, onto the Mid-Cape Highway, and over the Sagamore Bridge, police said. Once the vehicle was over the bridge, the driver started going faster. At this point, police ended the chase.
Shortly after the chase ended, officers saw smoke on Route 3. When police responded, they found that the vehicle they had been chasing had struck a tree in the median. The driver then attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended.
The driver was identified as Robert Leonard, 66, of Fitchburg.
Mr. Leonard was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth to be treated for minor injuries.
Police charged Mr. Leonard with operating under the influence of liquor for a fifth offense; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle); reckless operation of a motor vehicle; marked lanes violation; failure to stop; speeding; littering from a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of property damage; operating a motor vehicle wrong way; operating a motor vehicle on license suspended for operating under the influence of liquor; failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, disguise to obstruct justice; obstructing emergency vehicle; operator of motor vehicle failure to identify self, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
In addition to the Sandwich Police, the Massachusetts State Police, Plymouth Police, Plymouth Fire, Brewster Ambulance, Coastal Ambulance, and Plymouth County Criminal Investigative Officer assisted at the scene.