SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A car crashed into a street light and a building Thursday morning after a car chase through two cities.
According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, the crash resulted from a car chase with police through Springfield and Chicopee. It began around 9:10 a.m. Thursday morning at the 1100th block on Carew Street for a report of a stolen car. When officer arrived, a women in the passenger side of the car was in need of medical attention.
Before officers were able to assist, the driver, 39-year-old Jose Marquez, drove in reverse and struck an officer with the car as well as a police cruiser.
Marquez then led police on a chase through Chicopee and back into Springfield. Surveillance video shared to 22News showed several police cruisers chasing the vehicle on Granby Road in Chicopee.
The chase ended when Marquez crashed on Hamburg Street near the Springfield Street rotary. Our 22News crew could see the car damaged on the corner of Hamburg Street and Rimmon Avenue. A street light, a fire hydrant and the business Russ’s Breakfast were damaged from the crash.
“It sounded like somebody dropped the safe or something on the ground in the restaurant next door,” said Joe Giannetti, owner of the Mop Shoppe next door. “And then when I looked I saw the man run by and then the officer chase him.”
The business’ front door was the only visible damaged part of the building. The window had been broken from the crash. The owner of Russ’s told 22News everyone inside was fine. He is giving his employees a day off to rest and will reopen for Saturday morning.
“He came across the street, took out the hydrant, took out the pole, drove the hydrant probably 30 feet into the front door of Russ’s restaurant,” said Giannetti.
Marquez was arrested and taken to Baystate Medical Center for medical attention. Walsh said no other information will be available until his arraignment.
The officer that was struck by the vehicle was taken to Baystate Medical Center for a wrist injury.
Giannetti said it could have been a lot worse, especially because sometimes people park in front, “And if that were to happen, they would have taken out the car and maybe whoever was in it. So it turned out very fortunate the way it happened and the police were all over it.”