Dec 14: State Police Chase, Arrest OUI Driver in Stolen Car in Holden
At approximately 3:10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Massachusetts State Police received numerous calls for an erratic operator in Holden. Trooper Sean Healy spotted the vehicle on Main Street and began to observe the car. The trooper relayed the license plate information to the barracks and learned the vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, had recently been reported stolen in Winthrop.
Trooper Healy waited for assistance from other troopers before attempting to stop the stolen car. Troopers stopped the car on Madison Street. As troopers approached the car it accelerated away from them. The operator refused to stop and continued down the street. A short pursuit ensued until the car headed onto a residential side street, where troopers called off the pursuit in the interest of public safety.
Shortly after, the car then crashed into several parked cars and became disabled. The driver tried to run away but was caught by troopers at Gates and Illinois Streets. Troopers arrested BRANDON LEE GRIFFIN, 24, of Leominster, on-scene. Troopers later located what is believed to be cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the car.
During the booking process, GRIFFIN appeared extremely intoxicated and, after investigation, troopers determined he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Troopers learned that his driver’s license was suspended. He was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of liquor, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance, (subsequent offense), committing a drug violation near a school zone, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny over $250.
GRIFFIN was scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester District Court. No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.
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