Springfield Police: Suspect drove across soccer field to avoid officers

Officers estimated the vehicle was going 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested a man who allegedly attempted to get away from police when speeding and drove the Springfield College soccer field.

Left to right- Shaqaun Blanton, Andre Blanton Courtesy of Springfield Police Department
Left to right- Shaqaun Blanton, Andre Blanton Courtesy of Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News that Shaqaun Blanton, 24 of Dickinson Street, Springfield, was driving a grey Acura down Kenyon Street where officers estimated the vehicle was going 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.

When officers attempted to stop the car, the vehicle allegedly accelerated and drive through a fence located on King Street and Northampton Ave, driving straight through the Springfield College soccer field. Blanton allegedly accelerated again and drove through another fence on the other side of the field, colliding with a structure on the other side. The car was no longer capable of being driven, said Delaney.

The two men in the car then started to run before officers were able to catch them, said Delaney. He says that Blanton had a suspended drivers license and his brother, the passenger, had heroin on him.

Blanton’s Charges:

  • Operating Recklessly
  • Leaving the Scene
  • Speeding
  • Operating a M/V With a Suspended License
  • Open Container of Alcohol While Driving
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Assault of a P.O.
  • Malicious Damage Over $250
  • Possession of Marijuana (over an ounce in the car)

Passenger: Andre Blanton, 22 of Home Street, Springfield, charges

  • Possession of Heroin With Intent (30 bags of “Heavy Hitter” Logo bags)

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