BURLINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A 42-year-old Maryland man was arrested Monday after he struck a police cruiser and then allegedly tried to run down an officer directing traffic near the Burlington Mall.
According to Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent, around 7:00 p.m. Monday, police found a white minivan in a handicapped space with no driver inside. After running the plates, the officers discovered that the license plates were for a different car. Before officers could investigate further, Robert D. Haught of College Park, Maryland, jumped in the car and sped away.
Chief Kent said while Haught was trying to get away from the police, he allegedly hit a police cruiser, and then started driving down Cambridge and Center streets, where a Burlington Police Officer was standing directing traffic.
The officer fired two shots as Haught drove toward him at a high speed. Haught was not struck, and he then allegedly swerved around the officer and struck two other vehicles in the southbound lane, coming to a rest near a utility pole.
After Haught was arrested, Chief Kent said police saw in plain sight a stack of credit cards and several high-end boxed electronics in the minivan. Police suspect that Haught was involved in a credit card fraud operation, and are waiting for a warrant to search the vehicle and investigate further.
Haught has been charged with the following:
- Assault with Intent to Murder
- Attempted Murder
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
- Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with property damage
- Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury (two counts)
- Failure to stop for police
- Attaching plates
- Marked lanes violations
- Reckless operation
Haught is being held at the Burlington Police Department and will likely be arraigned Tuesday at Woburn District Court. The officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
Burlington Police were assisted by the Massachusetts State Police and Woburn Police at the scene. Burlington Fire, Woburn Fire, and Armstrong Ambulance responded to the scene as well.