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Fleeing Suspect Hitches 'Getaway' Ride With Police Chief

Fleeing Suspect Hitches 'Getaway' Ride With Police Chief

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

April 22, 2011

BOSTON – A no-luck suspect who had just taken a beating when he tried to steal a farmer’s truck might have thought things were looking up early Wednesday morning when he finally caught a ride to get the heck away from the scene of the crime, cops said.

“He said, ‘You look familiar,’ and my response was, ‘I should look familiar, I’m the police chief,’ said Salisbury Police Chief Richard Merrill Jr., who welcomed the fleeing hitchhiker, Joe Dastous, 26, of Salisbury, into his unmarked cruiser.

“He just said, ‘Oh (expletive), I made a big mistake,’ ” Merrill said. “In 33 years, I’ve never had anyone run towards me. Usually, they’re running away.”

Dastous’ trying day had begun hours earlier when he allegedly tried to steal a pickup belonging to John Sanborn, 64.

When Sanborn saw someone in his driveway in the early morning hours, he ran out barefoot to confront the man, the farmer said yesterday.

“He actually started the truck and I grabbed a hold of him. I just started swinging at him and clocked him a little silly,” Sanborn told the Herald. “I pulled him out. . . . He got up and ran off.”

The suspect ran all the way to what appeared to be a welcoming motorist parked near Interstate 495 — only to be cruelly disappointed by a twist of fate.

“Once he jumped inside, he thought he had it made,” Merrill said. “I wear a shirt and tie, so to him I was probably a businessman of some sort.”

Dastous, who was sopping wet, shivering and bruised when he was apprehended, was charged with attempted car theft and burglary.


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    DonnaLynn

    almost 3 years ago

    10478 Comments

    Great story to start the day.

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    granny1

    almost 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    lmao,and i thought i had a bad day.

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    RedHorse2

    almost 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Typical "Conehead" mentality! Probably a product of inbreeding.........

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    Glen603

    almost 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    Salisbury is about 40 miles north of Boston.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    His clock was missing the hour hand.................

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    Halefo5' you can also compare this to the "Lens Crafters" comercials...HA..HA..!!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    What a MORON..!! Great job Chief..!!

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    Daysend

    almost 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    Haha thats good, looks like the fish jumped into his boat ;-)

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    Halefo5

    almost 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    Now this story deserves the tittle YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID. Is this a cab?

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Now THIS is great!!!!!!

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    illofficer

    almost 3 years ago

    116 Comments

    Good guys 1,,,,idiots,,,0

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    T_9

    almost 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    This is wonderful.

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    pek1753_47

    almost 3 years ago

    102 Comments

    Love it!

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    TxLeo1210

    almost 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    HILARIOUS!!!! Talk about running through all the emotions quick. Excitement at breaking into the car, Terror at getting his a*& beat by the owner, Exhileration as he ran away, Joy at finding a getaway car, and SEVERE DISAPPOINTMENT at who the "getaway driver" was. LOL

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    onetime

    almost 3 years ago

    1294 Comments

    Great job chief! Not too sure the dumbass is as dumb as the idiot who tattooed a murder on his chest. Also glad the union didn’t step in and cry about the chief doing his job while off duty…oh I’m sorry when I graduated I remember being told you are a cop 24/7 even when you die u are the law

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