EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 12, 2013

Teen faces 10 charges becausehe was 'scared to be arrested'

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A young man who now faces 10 criminal charges said he refused to stop for police during a lengthy chase Saturday afternoon because he didn’t have a license and was “scared to be arrested,” according to a report filed by Officer Stephen Diminico.

Every officer on duty at the time of the incident was deployed to apprehend Andrew Hanley, who ran from his vehicle into the woods between Kittredge Crossing and Heritage Green Condominiums, police said.

Hanley, 18, of 42 Royal Crest Drive, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation, negligent driving, speeding, marked lanes violation, going the wrong way on a one-way street, running a red light and transporting liquor as a person under 21. Lawrence District Court Judge Michael Uhlarik scheduled a pretrial conference for June 10 and released Hanley on his own recognizance.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Diminico was in his cruiser, headed west on Massachusetts Avenue, when he saw a blue 2007 Jeep Wrangler go through a red light, cross Massachusetts Avenue and turn south onto Osgood Street, according to the officer’s report. Diminico put on the flashing blue lights and began what would turn into a half-hour pursuit.

The Wrangler stopped on Andover Street — but as Diminico walked toward the vehicle, it sped way, the officer wrote. The Wrangler sped along Andover Street and traveled in the opposite lane to pass other cars, police said.

The fleeing vehicle then entered the Franklin School parking lot, returned to Andover Street and went the wrong way on Dufton Court, a one-way street. Eventually, Hanley was driving north on Chickering Road.

Diminico had already radioed fellow officers about the vehicle that refused to stop. Officer Jason Wedge saw the Wrangler turn into Kittredge Crossing and he took up the pursuit, police said.

It was then that Hanley stopped the car, got out of it and ran into the woods between Kittredge Crossing and Heritage Green Condominiums. At least a half-dozen officers — the whole shift — pursued Hanley.

Lt. Charles Gray, Officer Eric Sewade and Wedge captured Hanley near 50 Edgelawn Ave. The defendant struggled while officers handcuffed him, police said.

Hanley told police he injured his right ankle when he jumped over a fence at Kittredge Crossing. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where an X-ray showed he didn’t suffer a fracture, but he was given a set of crutches and advised to stay off the injured ankle for a few days, Diminico wrote.

Police found an open can of Budweiser in the Wrangler, which led to the underage alcohol possession charge. The Wrangler is owned by the mother of a friend of Hanley’s, who told police he did not have permission to drive the vehicle.