Officer injured, cruiser damaged

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about any real serious incidents downtown. Even St. Patrick’s Day, on a Saturday, went fairly smoothly. Ever since the City Council recommended strict new rules for downtown bars, things have been pretty quiet.

But things got pretty rough early Sunday morning.

Police were moving along bar crowds on Merrimack Street at 1:54 a.m., when officers noticed a fight on Lee Street between a group of men on foot and a group of four men in a gray Nissan Murano. Officers told the driver of the Murano to pull to the curb so they could talk about the fight.

The driver of the Murano instead accelerated directly at one of the officers, according to Capt. Randall Humphrey.

“The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck,” Humphrey said.

From there the Murano went onto John Street and Merrimack, before circling back around on Kirk Street and then French Street. On French Street, the Murano crashed into the front left of a Lowell Police cruiser, and still didn’t stop, according to Humphrey.

The captain told me the Murano accelerated, lifting the front end of the cruiser off the ground.

“He basically pushed the cruiser out of the way and took off again,” Humphrey said.

The officer in the cruiser was treated at Saints Medical Center for what was described as a minor injury.

The Murano fled up Father Morissette Boulevard, across the Textile Memorial Bridge on University Avenue, and onto the VFW Highway, where it eventually crashed into a guardrail and stalled, enabling police to surround the vehicle and make an arrest.

Three passengers were not charged, but Humphrey said the Murano’s driver, Roath Long, 23, of 31 Royal St., Lawrence, was charged with failure to stop for police, operating to endanger, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

He also had a default warrant in connection with an OUI case.

By Sunday night, despite having a default warrant, Long had been released on bail.

Go figure.

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4 responses to “Officer injured, cruiser damaged

  1. Ummm Rob..this surprises you how? And there is NO WAY IN HELL this dirtbag POS is going to show up for court in the morning…do you think you or I would have gotten bail? HELL NO..A friend of mine spent 11 days in jail and waited 2 and a half YEARS to finally get a DUI settled…so much for the right to a fair and expeditious trial…his lawyer was trying to either get it dismissed for speedy trial reasons or continued or have him get time served because he was without his license for all that time…the wonderful judge was trying to SEND HIM.TO JAIL FOR A FRICKIN YEAR! His lawyer was in shock! Finally, the judge agreed to probation he has to do an alcohol program and don’t get his license back for another YEAR! WTF? But this arsehole gets bail with a default warrant….makes sense to me…GRRRRRRR

    • He wasn’t.drunk this time SOB ran because of a default warrant FOR an OUI…Rob by the way did he show up in court?

      • Not sure I don’t cover court.

        Also, this guy will never face charges for it, but I’m told a gun was found on Lee Street later Sunday morning.

        Police can’t say if these two things are connected, though. Too much time elapsed between incidents for them to be sure.

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