Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grabbing a Driver Out of the Golf Club Bag

Literally ran right up the freeway!

"Man in highway chase wanted to be shot, officials say" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff  April 27, 2016

WALPOLE — Groundskeepers at the Walpole Country Club were mowing a fairway Wednesday when they saw a speeding car scrape through a stone traffic barrier and accelerate onto the short grass.

The driver sped over a berm, swerved around a gas pump, followed a cart path, and then traversed another hole as the sedan hurtled toward a side street.

“He caught air,” said David Melo, who was working on the scene. “He was going that fast.”

Walpole police said the driver, identified as Michael A. Leblanc of Abington, had fled after dragging an officer 100 yards alongside his gold Toyota Camry. Officers were soon behind him in an hour-long pursuit through several towns into Boston that captivated the region following on live television.

That reminds me of another guy, and this should catch you up.

Authorities, who finally caught up to Leblanc on foot in West Roxbury as his car burned in the parking lot of a lumber store, said they do not know what led him to flee. However, police said they were monitoring him because of worrisome statements he made after he was taken into custody.

“I said to myself out loud, ‘Well, that’s not my fault,’ ” Steve Halligan recalled after the suspect swerved to avoid his broken down car and spun out of control.

“He actually asked the officers what he had to do to get shot by police,” Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael said....

Yeah, sometimes they don't shoot you.


Oh, he's white. That's why no bullets.

RelatedNo bail for driver in wild chase

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"Four people were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after two cars crashed into a house in Peabody, police said."

"Woman charged with homicide in fatal Hanson crash" by John R. Ellement Globe Staff  April 28, 2016

A Hanson woman was allegedly under the influence of methadone and Xanax when she drove her car into a delivery nurse jogging on a Hanson street, fatally injuring the woman two days before Christmas, prosecutors allege.

Kathleen M. Vitello was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on one count of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of drugs and motor vehicle manslaughter, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office.

Vitello allegedly was under the influence of methadone and Xanax on Dec. 23, 2015 when she lost control of her car while driving on the 800 block of Winter Street in Hanson, striking nurse Amanda Turner Russell and cutting a telephone pole in half, prosecutors said.

Turner Russell died several days later. She was training to run the 2016 Boston Marathon when she was struck, and her colleagues from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center later decided to run the grueling race in her memory, the Globe reported.

Turner Russell was a Hanover resident and a single mother, officials and friends have said.

Kathleen Vitello allegedly had a mix of methadone, Xanax, valium, and Adderall in her system at the time of the incident.

Vitello, 52, was also seriously injured in the crash and was taken to South Shore Hospital for treatment. She was initially charged in Brockton District Court on similar charges and is currently held on $50,000 cash bail, according to Cruz’s office.

The case will now shift to Plymouth Superior Court and an arraignment date for Vitello has not yet been scheduled, prosecutors said.


She veered off the straight and narrow.

"About six weeks after the body of a man was discovered floating in the Charles River, authorities are now turning to the public for help in identifying him, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said Thursday. He was described as a white man, approximately 60 years in age, who was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 200 pounds. “He was bald except for white hair on the back and sides of his head, with white facial hair,’’ prosecutors wrote."

Maybe a suicide?