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100 MPH Mass. Police Pursuit Ends in Crash

Cape Cod Times via YellowBrix

January 13, 2010

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A police pursuit from Yarmouth to Hyannis that ended with a crash early yesterday morning reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, according to a report filed by a patrolman involved in the chase.

Yarmouth police Officer Christopher Marino first spotted the 2001 Honda Accord on Buck Island Road at approximately 1:15 a.m., drifting in and out of its lane, Marino wrote in the report.

Marino followed the car onto Higgins Crowell Road, turning on his emergency lights to signal the driver to stop, he wrote.

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The car briefly appeared to slow down, he said, but then accelerated and pulled away.

With his sirens blaring, Marino chased the car onto Route 28, where it traveled at about 80 miles per hour, he wrote.

The driver continued to speed up, reaching an estimated 90 to 100 miles per hour as it entered the town of Barnstable, according to Marino.

Staying over 90, the car flew through the Airport Rotary. By this time, two more cruisers had joined the pursuit, according to a report from Patrol Officer Mary Gibney, the driver of one of the other police vehicles.

As the caravan of cars approached Independence Drive on Route 132, Marino wrote that he could see another car starting to switch lanes up ahead. The driver of the Honda then apparently tried to pass the vehicle, but failed, hitting it on the rear driver’s side. The Honda spun around as the second car skidded through the right lane, Marino wrote.

Jumping out of his cruiser, Marino yelled for the driver of the Honda, later identified as Matthew Clark, 24, of West Yarmouth, to get out of the car.

When he asked Clark what he was doing, he apparently told the police officer he was drunk.

Clark was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and treated for a cut on his head, according to the report. While there, he also consented to a blood test.

The three people in the vehicle he hit were also taken to Cape Cod Hospital. The injuries to the driver of the car were considered “major,” according to the police report. He was in stable condition at the hospital this afternoon, spokeswoman Robin Lord said.

One passenger received a “severe laceration” and the other an apparently minor injury. Both were treated at the hospital and released, Lord said.

This morning, Clark pleaded not guilty to charges including an alleged second offense of operating under the influence at his arraignment in Barnstable District Court.

He was released on his own recognizance and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Feb. 11.


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    I would be really upset if I was in the other car and found out he was released that easy with so many charges and a past. That's just stupid.

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    vegasdude

    over 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    M.A.D.D. should be made aware of this, then let's set back and watch...........

  • Mourning_badge_max50

    Straightshooter

    over 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Sounds like someone is related to the Judge. Get drunk, evade the Police, cause a major accident, previous charges for DUI and the Judge allows a PR bond? That ought to stop further criminal behavior.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11196 Comments

    Second DUI offense, multiple other traffic offenses, bodily harm to others and he's released on personal recognizance. What's wrong with this picture ?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50

    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Massachusetts is a Liberal Nation on to itself . "KENNEDY , KERRY , PATRICK , 80% OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE". Proving that Liberalism is a disease in this State of Confusion and Taxation. I only wish I could afford to move out.
    Cape Cod roads are designed for "TOURIST TRAFFIC (LOW SPEEDS)".

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    bristp

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    TYPICAL MASSACHUSETTS LIBERAL JUDGES!!! Released on personal recognizance?? How about adding operating to endanger, and putting at least $20 k bail on this shithead? If there are any MA Judges on here, please respond, and tell me why you are so damn liberal....

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    BRADYDPS i dont understand it either. not normal here either.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Released on his own recognizance? What is that. Can someone please say if this is normal?

  • 100_0648_max50

    flinstone2000

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    well its easy to say, we were not there. However I have seen a pursuit just a few years back one of our deputy's ended a pursuit, but the vehilce still traveled excessive speed. The deputy had around turned around and heading back and about 4 minutes later near one of our towns the vehicle was in an accident with another vehicle. The guy was intoxicated. They are drunk you thnk they are always going to have common sense to slow dow when we stop. What "IF" we can always be said but may not be right when it comes to our opinion. This is like one of those stories of a drunk killing some one and every feels sorry for them and seems to for get about the victim. Here we are taking sides with or against an officer over a drunk and not knowing his policy or his assement of the situation. Hey if this was after school or rush hour and totally obvious I would say errors were made, but the news release and time frame to me are way to basic to knock the officer. As for communitcation again the report is basic so how do we know who was contacted but its obvious some traffic was being relayed with two other units joining unless they just heard the radio and said "Yippy I want to play" So again on something like this I feel for the officer and hope he followed policy and can back up his judgement call to having to deal with a stupid drunk that to me will one day kill someone in his driving because it sure sounds like he does not car. I feel for the family that had to pay the price of this drunk, and I hope they sue the heck out of the drunk and have the understanding as hard as it may be that is was not the officer fault for doing his job trying to get this drunk off the road that probably wouldn't have slowed down and obeyed the law anyway by now and without this incident would continue to drink till he kills one of our family members, friend.

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    BlueBucket

    over 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    Typical MA...thats why I left that State...He drives recklessly (drunk), crashes into 3 innocent people, hospitalizing them, and is out of jail by lunch.

  • 119_1923_max50

    TPD327

    over 4 years ago

    396 Comments

    Second DUI...enough said.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    No comments.

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    tacguy

    over 4 years ago

    1530 Comments

    Does any communications center radio ahead any more?

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42242 Comments

    If memory serves, roads on Cape Cod were not designed for 100 MPH pursuits. This guy is a moron!!!!!

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