EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 6, 2013

Car chase starts in Andover, ends in Methuen crash

By Dustin Luca
dluca@eagletribune.com

---- — METHUEN — A car chase started in Andover and ended when it crashed into a tree and the arrest of two , 13-year-old occupants of the vehicle Sunday night.

Andover police yesterday were continuing to try to determine the identities of three other people who were in the car but escaped from police, Andover Police Lt. Eddie Guy said.

The two juveniles were arrested after all five people in the vehicle bailed out of the car at the end of the chase. They were both charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle and use of a motor vehicle without authority. It was not known yesterday who was driving the car or if it was one of the two boys arrested, Guy said.

The chase started on River Road in Andover after Andover Officer Michael Shanahan ran the plates on a 1994 Honda Accord and found it had been reported stolen out of Lawrence on Saturday.

At that point, Shanahan tried stopping the car, at which point it went down Old River Road and started acting evasively by turning around on side streets, pulling U-turns and more, according to Guy.

The car made its way onto Route 93 northbound, where it got off at exit 46 — Route 110 in Methuen. The car got onto Haverhill Street, where it hit another vehicle and kept going, according to Guy.

The vehicle eventually made its way to Hobson Road, where the five people in the car got out. The car crashed into a tree, after which Lawrence and Methuen police were called to the area to search for those from the car. Ultimately, only two were found, though “we did process the Honda Accord in an effort to see if we could find any fingerprints. We’re still working on that,” Guy said.

The investigation to identify the other three from the car is ongoing, police said.

“The Methuen police department did an excellent job assisting us,” Guy said. “They’re the ones that ended up apprehending the two male subjects.”