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September 24, 2012

One tackled, one Tasered in early morning chase from W. Newbury to Haverhill

By Bill Kirk
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — One person was tackled and another was Tasered after they and two others led police on a chase in a stolen Honda Accord from West Newbury, through Groveland and into Haverhill earlier today.

Police arrested four people in a field across from the Hadley West Apartment complex off Lowell Avenue around 2 a.m., including the driver, a male with a 23-page criminal history who was tackled by Groveland Police Officer Heather Riley as he tried to run, police said.

Police officer Joshua Sindoni had to use his Taser on one of the passengers who was resisting arrest, police said.

The driver of the car, Steven Dearborn, 47, of 8 Lancaster St., Cambridge, has been charged with operating after suspension of his license, operating to endanger, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, and receiving stolen property, a car, according to Groveland police. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Boston for unarmed robbery and has a lengthy criminal history going back to 1979, said Groveland police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz.

Sean O'Shea, 40, of 111 H St., South Boston, was charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. The other two people in the car, John Johnson, 47, of 101 Highland Ave., Somerville, and Madeline Osborne, 51, of 7 Maine Ave., Apt. 2, Somerville, were both charged with receiving stolen property.

It is unclear what the four suspects were doing in West Newbury, but Kirmelewicz said officers at the scene in Haverhill noticed masks in the car, which has been impounded by Groveland police.

West Newbury Police Chief Lisa Holmes said an officer there attempted to pull the vehicle over for speeding. The officer called in the license plate, but by the time information came back that the car had been stolen, the driver had taken off, Holmes said.

Kirmelewicz said the Groveland station got a call at around 1:30 a.m. from West Newbury Police that they had been pursuing a stolen car but that it had taken off and evaded them.

Officer Sindoni saw the car traveling on Main Street, and began pursuing it, the chief said.

The chase continued over the Bates Bridge into Haverhill, where Sindoni was joined by Riley in a second cruiser. They pursued the car west on Groveland Street, through the downtown area, eventually passing the Haverhill police station on Bailey Boulevard. Police continued the chase on Essex Street, to Route 97, then onto Lowell Avenue.

During the chase, "the operator committed all kinds of motor vehicle violations," Kirmelewicz said.

Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop in front of the Hadley West Apartments off Lowell Avenue, near I-495 in Haverhill.

The driver of the car, Dearborn, attempted to run from the scene but was tackled by Riley, who was assisted by a Haverhill police officer. Sindoni a State Police trooper drew their guns on the passengers remaining in the vehicle, the chief said.

One of the passengers "became violent and was fighting" with police, so Sindoni used his Taser on him, Kirmelewicz said.

No officers were injured during the incident, he said.

The three male suspects were taken to the Haverhill police station for booking while the female was taken to the Groveland police station. They are all due to be arraigned in Haverhill District Court this morning.

"It was good, heads-up police work," Kirmelewicz said. "It was a collaborative effort with officers providing backup."

There was no property damage and no injuries as a result of the incident or the arrests, he said. The suspect who was Tazered was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.

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