A driver high on meth led police on a chase through several Massachusetts cities, authorities say – NBC Boston

A driver accused of leading police on a chase through several cities and crashing his truck into a retaining wall as he tried to get away was high on methamphetamine, Massachusetts State Police said Wednesday.

The situation began around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Middleton police began pursuing a red pickup truck that was driving erratically. The 37-year-old owner, Joseph Kennedy, who was later confirmed to be driving, had a history of firearms offenses, according to state police.

Peabody police spotted the truck on Lowell Street and gave chase, but it came to a stop near Prospect Street. Officers resumed the pursuit when they saw the truck on Pulaski Street.

Massachusetts State Police also began a pursuit that led back to Middleton and on to Danvers. Kennedy tried to turn around near Richardson's Ice Cream and ended up in a parking lot at a nearby warehouse.

There, according to police, he rammed a metal fence and a retaining wall to avoid them and caused the truck to crash into a parking lot at the neighboring Minit car wash. Surveillance footage showed the dramatic moment the truck fell down the three-meter-high wall

Kennedy then continued on Route 114 and turned onto Cemetery Road, where the truck eventually stopped.

Kennedy then attempted to escape on foot but was captured by State Police K9 Odin.

He was taken to Beverly Hospital for evaluation and then transported to the State Police Danvers Barracks.

Kennedy was charged with operating under the influence, the second offense; Failure to stop for police; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; speeding; Marked lane violations and motor vehicle equipment violations. He was held without bail pending arraignment and his driver's license was revoked.

The suspect was held on $15,000 on these charges. But he has a long criminal history and federal authorities now want to talk to him about unrelated gun charges.

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