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Police arrested man after hitting police cruiser, pursuit through several Massachusetts towns



A Connecticut man was arrested early this morning after he crashed into a Randolph police cruiser and then lead police from several jurisdictions on a multi town pursuit.

According to West Bridgewater Police, Manuel Vidal, 45, from Bridgeport CT was operating a dark charcoal colored vehicle when Randolph Police officers attempted to stop him for running a traffic light at a high rate of speed. As the Randolph Police attempted to stop the vehicle, they observed Vidal driving his car at excessive speeds on and off the roadway even at times driving up and onto sidewalks. During this pursuit, Vidal drove his vehicle directly into a Randolph Police cruiser in an attempt to get away. Randolph Police pursued the vehicle through Avon and into Brockton along Route 28 where Brockton Units joined the pursuit and continued south into West Bridgewater where West Bridgewater Officers also engaged.

Once in West Bridgewater, the pursuit was originally terminated due to the recklessness of the operation with the pursuit heading out of jurisdiction. Within minutes’ officers heard on the scanner that the vehicle was now being pursued in Whitman and crossing into Brockton. A short time later West Bridgewater Dispatch was informed that the pursuit had re-engaged and was heading south towards North Main Street in West Bridgewater where WBPD officers engaged. While responding units were attempting to stop Vidal, it was observed that the he was turning in and out of parking lots and as he emerged back onto the roadway, would drive directly at responding police vehicles.

Vidal’s vehicle ultimately spun out of control in a parking lot at 740 North Main street in West Bridgewater and was blocked in by responding cruisers. Vidal was stopped and as officers were getting out of their cruisers, he put the vehicle in drive and drove directly into a cruiser as the officer was attempting to exit. Officers then surrounded the vehicle and ordered Vidal to exit his vehicle several times to which he repeatedly refused. Officers were then forced to remove him from his vehicle by breaking the window, and after a brief altercation, placed him under arrest.

Vidal was transported to a local hospital for minor cuts he received from broken glass. Upon being treated, Vidal was released back into police custody. He was then booked at the West Bridgewater Police department for the following crimes occurring in West Bridgewater:

1. Failure to stop for Police
2. Negligent operation of a Motor Vehicle
3. Marked lanes violations
4. A&B with a Dangerous Weapon
5. Resisting Arrest

Vidal was brought to Brockton District court to answer these West Bridgewater charges however it is expected more charges to follow from this incident as well as other jurisdictions.

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