Updated 1/27/14, based on BPD police report, courtesy of District A-1, filling in the details of initial accounts:
Shortly before 1 pm on Sunday, January 26th, a Mass. Environmental Police unit attempted to stop a black Mercedes Benz on North Washington Street. Instead of stopping, the Mercedes accelerated in an attempt to flee. A BPD patrol observed this and with the cruiser’s lights and sirens joined the pursuit and notified dispatch.
The officers followed the Mercedes on to Thatcher Street, then right on to Prince Street (where the Mercedes ignored the stop sign) and then left on to Margaret Street. At the intersection of Margaret and Sheafe Streets, police observed a white male wearing a black coat, blue jeans, carrying a white bag and fleeing from the vehicle.
Police pursued the suspect on foot down Sheafe Street towards Salem Street. Pedestrians pointed to the officer that the suspect had turned left on to North Bennett Street and he was observed hiding behind a parked car. The suspect complied with the officer’s demand to lay prone before being placed under arrest and handcuffed.
Inside the white bag the officers found 7 sealed boxes of Godiva chocolates and two 8-count packages of Gillette Fusion razors.
Police found that the black Mercedes was reported stolen and it had struck a white Chrysler which forced it into an orange Mini parked in front of it. The suspect’s license was also found revoked. He was charged with refusal to submit to a police officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with property damage, operating a motor vehicle after a license is revoked, receiving stolen motor vehicle and receiving stolen goods.
Neighborhood resident Michelle Levine (@MichelletwEATS) captured the photo above and others on Twitter posted photos of the multiple chase cars on Salem Street. We initially passed on information from Patrick Maguire (@Patrick Maguire) that the suspect was subsequently captured on foot and this was confirmed by the police report.