EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 24, 2014

Man held on $1.5M bail after smashing cruisers

Chase suspect faces 17 charges

By Doug Ireland

---- — SALEM — Bail was set at $1.5 million this morning for a Salem man charged in a police pursuit Friday night that damaged three cruisers and sent two officers to the hospital.

Luis Figueroa was arraigned by video in 10th Circuit Court on 17 counts, including reckless conduct and second-degree assault charges, after ramming the police cruisers with his Mercedes as police tried to stop him. Figueroa also tried to strike the officers with his car, prosecutor Jason Grosky said.

The incident began with a complaint to police about an erratic driver on Rockingham Park Boulevard at about 9:45 p.m. It ended with Figueroa's arrest at the Tiffany Road condominium complex where he lives.

Grosky requested the $1.5 million cash bail, citing Figueroa's criminal background. Figueroa was able to post $125,000 cash bail following his arrest in another case in 2012, Grosky noted.

Judge Robert Stephen said the $1.5 million bail seemed high, but granted the request.

Figueroa is being held at the Rockingham County jail. He is scheduled to return to court April 2 for a probable cause hearing.