State Police: Wrong-way driver stole SUV at gunpoint


State police are searching for a driver who allegedly drove the wrong way down a central Massachusetts highway while trying to evade police, and later stole another vehicle at gunpoint.

According to Massachusetts State Police Media Relations, troopers were informed at around midnight Thursday about a pickup truck that had driven away from a local police traffic stop in Webster. The driver of the pickup had gotten onto I-395 northbound, and state troopers put down spike strips on order to get the driver to stop.

State police say that despite the damage to the truck, the man kept going; driving the wrong way down I-290, before crashing on that highway. The suspect got out of the truck, and then forced the driver of a Buick Enclave SUV out of that vehicle at gunpoint.

Troopers spotted the stolen Buick in Worcester, and tried to pursue the suspect, who again was driving the wrong way: eastbound on the westbound side of I-290. By 12:30, troopers called-off the pursuit as the driver entered Worcester’s busy Kelley Square area.

State police are interviewing two women who were passengers inside the pickup truck the suspect was originally driving. The two had stayed behind after the driver abandoned that vehicle.

No injuries were reported in the incidents early Thursday morning.

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