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February 23, 2013

Man charged with Haverhill burglaries back in jail

Police: Ex-Bible college student tried to flee officers in Andover

LAWRENCE — A former Bible college student who was charged with stealing $6,000 worth of jewelry from Haverhill homes, then selling it to pawn shops in 2010, is back behind bars after trying to flee police in Andover yesterday morning.

Ruston Prothro, 31, of 2 Wyman Greely Road, Salisbury, was ordered held without bail by Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney yesterday afternoon. Prothro, who had been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor in Bourne on Thursday night, faces additional charges of driving with a suspended license, failure to stop for police, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Prothro was released on his own recognizance at 1:40 a.m. after his drunken driving arrest in Bourne, according to Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Gillespie. He was ordered to appear in Wareham District Court yesterday morning but instead got into his car and headed north, presumably to his home in Salisbury, Gillespie said.

State Trooper Jeremy Sweeney, who was monitoring traffic on the ramp from Interstate 93 north to Interstate 495 north, entered the registration plate number on Prothro’s Honda Accord and discovered he had a suspended license, according to a police report filed with Lawrence District Court.

Sweeney put on his flashing lights and siren and followed Prothro, but he did not stop, police said. At one point, Sweeney was driving alongside Prothro, who held up his hands in a “what do you want?” gesture, the trooper wrote in his report.

Sweeney followed Prothro onto Route 28, then along Kentworth Street and Magnolia and Ferndale avenues in Andover, police said. Prothro finally stopped his car, got out and started running away near the ramp from Route 28 to Interstate 495 north, Sweeney wrote. By this time, other state troopers as well as Andover police officers had joined the pursuit.

Andover Officer Colin Radford caught up to Prothro, who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 165 pounds, and subdued him, according to Sweeney’s report. Radford said Prothro assaulted him during the struggle.

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