James M. Spinney, Chief of Police
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824Billerica Police Department
Chief Daniel Rosa
6 Good St.
Billerica, MA 01821
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627 or 781-533-9398
**JOINT PRESS RELEASE**
Chelmsford Police Department, On Tip from Billerica Police, Captures Bank Robbery Suspect After Pursuit that Ended in Bedford
CHELMSFORD — Police Chief James M. Spinney reports that the Chelmsford Police Department, acting on information provided by the Billerica Police Department, today located and apprehended a dangerous bank robbery suspect after a pursuit that ended in the town of Bedford.
On Thursday morning, Chelmsford Police Department Criminal Division Detectives, acting on information developed by the Billerica Police Department, tracked the suspect in Wednesday’s robbery of the Chelmsford Citizen’s Bank to a location in Nashua, N.H. While en route to Nashua, Chelmsford Police Inspector Jeff Blodgett recognized the suspect’s vehicle traveling on Rt. 3 in Chelmsford and began to follow.
Patrol officers, in marked police vehicles, attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the operator sped away, leading officers on a pursuit.
The operator refused to stop, leading police on a high speed pursuit before the operator lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree on Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford, just over the Billerica line.
The operator, identified as JASON JEWETT, AGE 38, OF LITTLETON was seriously injured in the crash. He is currently being treated for non life-threatening injuries at an area hospital.
JEWETT faces a number of charges including Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Revocation, Operating to Endanger, Failure to Stop for Law Enforcement, and Marked Lanes Violations. The investigation is ongoing and charges related to the bank robbery are still pending.
Chief Spinney notes that the strong partnership between the Chemsford and Billerica Police Departments and the teamwork showed by detectives from both departments directly led to the identification and ultimate apprehension of this dangerous suspect.
“I am proud to have such strong working partnerships with our neighbors, and I want to thank the Billerica Police Department for their assistance in locating and capturing this suspect,” Chief Spinney said. “This suspect was desperate to get away, but a careful and measured police response during the pursuit prevented injury to any civilians, regardless of the suspects intent.”
Chief Rosa added: “The Billerica Police Department received a reliable tip about the whereabouts of a dangerous robbery suspect, and we immediately shared that information with our partners in the Chelmsford Police Department. I am proud that we were able to work together for a positive outcome.”
The Chiefs also recognize and thank the Bedford Police Department and Massachusetts State Police for their assistance during and after the pursuit.