Break-in suspect hit officer with pickup truck, police say

MONSON, Mass (WWLP)– An intense series of events took place overnight in Palmer and ended in Monson.  A police officer was hit by a car, a Dunkin donuts was broken into, and it all turned into a police chase.

Palmer Police Sgt. Christopher Burns told 22News that 29-year-old Robert Richey of Monson is accused of breaking into the Dunkin’ Donuts on North Main Street in Palmer just before midnight.

The smashed drive-thru window of the Bondsville Dunkin' Donuts.

The smashed drive-thru window of the Bondsville Dunkin’ Donuts.

A silent alarm system triggered police to respond to the incident.

Fifteen minutes later, an officer went to check on the Dunkin Donuts on Main St. in the Bondsville section of Palmer, and that officer allegedly saw Richey smashing the drive thru window out with a crowbar, Sgt. Burns said.

As one of the responding officers was trying to arrest Richey, he allegedly struck the officer with his truck, and then drove off, forcing police to chase after him.

Fortunately, that police officer was not injured when he was hit, but that car chase went on. Stop sticks were deployed by the Four Corners section of Three Rivers.  The truck hit the stop sticks and blew out one tire but continued for five or six miles, Sgt. Burns said.

It ended on Route 20 in Monson, when Burns said that Richey crashed his pickup truck over an embankment.  He was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment, but has since been released.  He is currently in the custody of Palmer Police.

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