Search in sky and on land for suspect who hit police car

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A state police helicopter flew over parts of Chicopee and Springfield Wednesday afternoon, as police conducted a search on the ground for a suspect who allegedly rammed a state trooper’s cruiser.

dana park searchAccording to State Police spokesperson David Procopio, around 12:15 P.M., a trooper pulled over the suspect on motor vehicle violations at Springfield Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Chicopee. Both the trooper’s cruiser and the suspect’s black Ford Taurus were at a stop, but the suspect suddenly accelerated, hitting the cruiser, and crashing through a chain link fence bordering a ball field at nearby Elms College.

The officer was not injured, but the suspect got away. His car was found a short time later in a wooded area behind 219 Saratoga Street, which is only about a block away.

Azell Cavaan, spokesperson for the Springfield Public Schools, told 22News that the Glenwood Elementary School, which is located just over the city line off Newbury Street, was put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as a result of the nearby police activity.

By late afternoon, the helicopter was gone, and the activity in the area had died down. Around 4:30 p.m., State Police ended their search and are now investigating the identity of the driver. Police told 22News that they believe the car was a rental car.

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