Springfield PD: Man arrested after trying to run over officer


SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – A man with eight outstanding warrants was arrested in Springfield Monday night after allegedly attempting to run over an officer.

According to Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh, around 9:30 p.m. officers saw 32-year-old Miguel Martinez of Belchertown drive pass several cars and run a red light at the intersection of St. James Avenue and State Street.

Walsh said when police started to follow him, Martinez sped up, running several red lights and stop signs, refusing to pull over.

Martinez then allegedly accelerated towards a police cruiser on Alden Street where an officer had gotten out of the car. Walsh said Martinez didn’t strike the car, but the officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

He allegedly then tried to hit two more cruisers, one on Rochelle Street and another on Wilbraham Road. Walsh said those officers had to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.

Martinez ended up on Annawon Street, a dead end, where he tried to make a U-turn and allegedly hit a cruiser in the process. Walsh said Martinez tried to run away from officers, but got back into his car and locked the doors.

Martinez allegedly only opened the door and was arrested when officers broke the passenger window to get into the car.  Walsh said police found an open pint of Hennessy and a small amount of marijuana inside the car. Martinez also had a revoked license. 

He is facing the following charges:

  • Assault to murder
  • Seven counts of assault with a dangerous weapon 
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle 
  • Resisting arrest
  • Open container
  • Refusal to submit
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender

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