Dudley Police Report
On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at approximately 12:30 am, the Dudley Police Department received a call from a motorist reporting he was following a red pick-up truck from the Town of Webster into the Town of Dudley. The truck was operating on four flat tires. The truck traveled behind a home in the area of Charlton Rd. and Sawmill Rd. Dudley Police Sergeant Paul Ceppetelli and Officers Anthony Didonato and Arthur Ferreira responded.
While checking the area, Sergeant Ceppetelli heard the sound of an engine accelerating and decelerating, as well as the sound of tires spinning. He observed a red pick-up truck against an above ground pool in the back yard of # 40 Charlton Rd. The truck was later identified as a 2001 Ford F-150, registered to Mark Lindsay, age 34, of Charlton, Ma. A white male wearing a white short sleeve shirt ran from the drivers side of the vehicle into the woods located behind the residence. A brief chase ensued and mutual aid assistance, including a K-9 dog, was sought from the Webster Police Department. Webster Officers Difusco, Larochelle, and Suss responded to assist. The suspect was not initially located.
As they established a perimeter to contain the suspect, Officer Ferreira observed a white male, matching the driver’s description, hiding behind a large tree in the wooded area near the intersection of Charlton Rd. and Sawmill Rd. The suspect once again attempted to flee. After a brief foot pursuit into the wooded area, Officer Ferreira apprehended this individual. He was identified as Mark J. Lindsay, age 34 of 302D Partridge Hill Road in Charlton. Mr. Lindsey had a folding knife, keys to the suspect vehicle, and a small amount of marijuana on his person. He was also suspected to be under the influence of alcohol. He had some minor injuries to his hand and he was treated by Dudley EMS Personnel.
He was later placed under arrest and transported to the Dudley Police Headquarters. He charged with numerous offenses, including Driving Under the influence of Alcohol (Second Offense), Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Vandalizing Property, Trespassing, Wanton Destruction of Property over $250.00, as well as Possession of a Class D Drug. Bail was set at $240.00 and he was held for an appearance at Dudley District Court this morning.
In addition to extensive damage to the lawn, driveway, pool, and other property at the residence on Charlton Road, the driver is suspected in connection with numerous reports of damage caused in both Dudley and Webster. A vehicle, matching the description of the red pick-up, had been observed crashing into numerous structures throughout the Town of Webster. Gauge marks in the roadway, consistent with a vehicle traveling on its wheels from various scenes in Webster, led to the crash scene in Dudley. The marks were observed on Main St. and Prospect St. in Webster. They continued onto Oxford Ave., Pine St., Old Charlton Rd., and Charlton Rd. in Dudley.
Officer Arthur Ferreira suffered some minor injuries during this incident. He did not require medical attention at that time. The matter remains under investigation by both the Dudley and Webster Police.