AUBURN, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man is facing several charges after allegedly trying to run down several police officers with a stolen U-Haul truck Wednesday evening.
State Police spokesman David Procopio told 22News, 28-year-old Sean McKenzie was arrested and taken into custody after Auburn Police called for assistance with a chase of a stolen U-Haul truck around 5:39 p.m.
Procopio said state troopers helped three Auburn cruisers with the chase on the Mass Pike westbound, which went through Auburn, Millbury, Worcester, Oxford, and Charlton.
Authorities were able to stop the vehicle after deploying stingers ahead of it. That was when McKenzie allegedly ran across the Mass Pike to the eastbound side and was arrested at the Charlton Service Plaza.
Procopio said there is possible a second suspect involved, whom a K9 team was searching for. No further details about that suspect were provided.
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AUBURN – Two Springfield men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card at Sears, then led Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis on a foot chase and motor vehicle pursuit.
The men went to the Sears store at the Auburn Mall around 6 p.m. and employees there called police when they became suspicious of the pair, Chief Sluckis said.
“I was right in front of the mall when the call came in, so I went to Sears,” the chief said. “I was attempting to identify the man when he fled on foot and around the corner.”
The chief followed the man in his cruiser but lost sight of him as he noticed a U-Haul box truck speeding out of the parking lot. The chief and Officer Spiros Kaperonis followed the truck on Route 12 and it entered the Massachusetts Turnpike headed east, got off at Route 146, turned around and headed west on the Pike, with state police joining in the chase, the chief said.
As the truck was driven through Charlton, state police used a tire deflation device. The truck went onto the eastbound side of the highway, and the driver fled on foot near the rest area, Chief Sluckis said, adding that he was captured shortly after.
At the mall, police dogs from Millbury, Worcester and the state police began tracking the man who had fled on foot. That man was seen near Starbucks and was tracked near Drury Square, along Harrison Avenue and near Pakachoag Street, Chief Sluckis said.
State Trooper Phil Martinez, who was off duty and headed to a detail, heard the incident unfolding on his radio and saw a man matching the description of the suspect near Subway on Auburn Street. He stopped to question the man, who was quickly arrested, Chief Sluckis said.
Police found two new snowblowers, which allegedly had been taken from another store, inside the U-Haul, the chief said.
The men were identified as Sean L. McKenzie, 28, and Paul B. Mock, 20, both of Springfield. They are to be arraigned Thursday in Central District Court in Worcester. Both are charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen property valued at more than $1,200, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Mr. McKenzie, who was allegedly driving the truck, is also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent driving, driving with a suspended license, failing to stop for a police officer and other motor vehicle charges.