Home Depot – Police say man at traffic stop, struck officer with car, sped away before blowing out tire and leading police on chase from Auburn to Worcester
A 30-year-old Worcester man is facing one dozen charges in court after authorities say he led police on a chase from Auburn to Worcester.
At one point during the chase, the man blew out a tire but continued to drive, according to court records.
The driver, identified as Jarrel O. Grayson, was arraigned in Worcester District Court Monday. He was ordered held without bail and will return to court Wednesday for a dangerousness hearing.
Authorities say he was caught with a gun and drugs after the chase ended.
Auburn Police Officer Spiros Kaperonis was on patrol Sunday when he spotted a car speeding through the Home Depot parking lot on Washington Street in Auburn just before 5 p.m.
The officer got behind the car and checked the registry. The vehicle was not insured, and the registration had been revoked, Kaperonis wrote in a statement of facts.
The officer stopped the car on Washington Street, but Grayson sped off as Kaperonis approached, records said. The officer said the car struck his leg and stomach area.
“The vehicle then sped off onto Interstate 395 south at a high rate of speed, and was weaving in and out of traffic to evade police,” the officer wrote. “As the vehicle got off exit 5 (Depot Road in North Oxford), it attempted to make a left turn, but struck the center median causing it to blow out the driver’s side front tire.”
Grayson, according to police, then made his way back to Auburn and drove into Millbury on three tires. The car was “all over the road causing oncoming traffic to stop or veer off the roadway,” court records said.
The pursuit continued onto the northbound side of Route 146. Grayson eventually turned onto Vernon Street in Worcester and ran from his car, police said.
Kaperonis chased after Grayson, telling him to stop.
“We came upon a large wire fence that was approximately 6 feet high,” the officer wrote. “As he reached the top of the fence, he jumped over and fell on his back. At that time, I noticed a small dark object that appeared to be a handgun come flying out of the front pelvis area that made a loud metal pinging noise as it struck the pavement.”
Grayson was then caught and arrested. Police said they recovered a semi-automatic gun that had one bullet in the chamber and another bullet in the magazine.
Court records said police also located heroin/fentanyl, suboxone and a stun gun in Grayson’s car.
Grayson was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, several firearms and drug charges along with several motor vehicle driving infractions.
He was also charged with possessing the stun gun.
Not guilty pleas were entered in Worcester District Court Monday.