Tonight about 11:47 p.m., a female driver in a red Nissan Maxima allegedly failed to move over while passing a construction setup on Route 3 south, which prompted a state police lieutenant in an unmarked cruiser to attempt to pull her over.
The female driver of the Nissan did not stop, but continued driving south at just 55 mph, with the unmarked state police cruiser driving behind her with its lights on.
The lieutenant believed the driver just didn’t want to stop for an unmarked car, so he calmly called for a marked unit to come make the stop.
But then the female driver refused to stop for a marked unit when it caught up and tried to pull her over.
She was still only going 55 mph, though.
Once more marked units caught up, they tried to box the woman in, but she “made an evasive maneuver,” according to police radio broadcasts, and prevented cruisers from boxing her in.
A commander at A patrol headquarters in Danvers then ordered all units to just follow the woman and not to box her in again.
The woman continued going 55 mph, and when a marked cruiser pulled up alongside her she yelled that she was going to the Bedford Police station and that she would stop there.
True to her word, the woman got off Route 3 at the Route 62 ramp, which leads to the Bedford Police station.
A state trooper deployed stop sticks on the ramp, but the woman avoided them and continued driving, turning onto Route 62 in the direction of Bedford PD.
She reduced her speed to 30 mph on Route 62.
Moments later, a Bedford Police unit helped state police get the Maxima stopped on Route 62.
The woman, who won’t be booked for about an hour yet, is in custody, charged with failure to stop for police. Police didn’t mention any other charges in radio broadcasts, but violating the move over law would just be a ticket, not a criminal charge.
I don’t believe she ever went over the speed limit, and never really tried to elude police. She just refused to stop. There was no property damage, according to police radio broadcasts.
I’m not really sure I can actually call this a “pursuit.” The entire thing was over before midnight.