Driver damages police cruisers while escaping police in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield Police detail to prevent drag racing was pulling over several racers on Congress Street, around 1:00 Sunday morning.

When police approached one of the vehicles the driver sped off backwards and hit several cruisers.

Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh said police were unable to catch the driver.

Walsh said if the driver was caught that person would’ve faced charges more severe than drag racing.

“It’s assault and battery with a dangerous weapon of a police officer when you’re bringing your car and driving it at a cruiser, so it would have been a little different than any sort of drag racing charges people would have seen,” Walsh said.

Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News that drag racing is something that happens quite often in the city’s North End.

One Springfield resident said he’s seen and heard several drag races so far this summer. He said the noise keeps him up at night.

“It’s scary to go out at night, this happens usually between 11 and 2 in the morning, that’s when it all starts,” James Poumadorie said.

Depending on severity of the incident, a first offense for drag racing could result in a $1,000 dollar fine or a jail sentence of up to 2 and a half years.

Walsh said Sunday’s incident is being investigated by the Springfield C-3 North End Unit.

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