ASHBURNHAM – The Ashburnham Police Department released more information about Thursday morning’s standoff outside of Cushing Academy.
In a statement posted to their Facebook Page, the department said a call came in at 8:00 a.m. Thursday saying that a vehicle was failing to stop for the Winchendon police.
Ashburnham police were informed that the driver was a possible suspect in an unarmed robbery that took place in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
The trajectory of the chase was as follows, police say: the man drove from Winchendon to Gardner on Route 140, then turned left onto Route 101 North. The suspected driver then headed onto School Street, a dead-end road on Cushing Academy’s campus.
“Due to the fact that the vehicle could not exit the area, the vehicle travelled on a sidewalk between two buildings and entered the playing field at Cushing,” Ashburnham police said in their statement. “Several people had to flee sidewalks and field areas during this time. The truck then exited the fields where it returned to Center Street at the intersection of Willard Road. The vehicle, unable to make a right turn onto Willard Road, continued straight down a private residential driveway and into the woods where it became stuck. During the attempted stop, the vehicle attempted to strike several Ashburnham Police Units and did strike a Winchendon Police Unit.”
Once his truck became stuck, police say the man “barricaded” himself inside his vehicle and refused to co-operate.
The Massachusetts State Police’s Patrol, Negotiation and STOP teams were called to the scene.
By about 9:45 a.m., the man was taken into custody and transported to an emergency medical facility for evaluation by the Ashburnham Fire Department.
No one was injured.
Several criminal charges will be sought by the Ashburnham Police Department once the investigation is complete.
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