Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Arrest Man After Assault on Officers, Fleeing from Police
STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre reports that the Stoneham Police Department arrested a man today who was wanted by police after he allegedly assaulted officers last week and then fled the scene.
MATTHEW JOSEPH MACINNES, AGE 33, OF WOBURN is charged with:
- Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (two counts)
- Resisting Arrest
- Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250
- Marked Lanes Violation (two counts)
- Failure to Slow at an Intersection
- Failure to Stop/Yield (two counts)
- Leaving the Scene of Property Damage
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Failure to Stop for Police
On Aug. 14, at approximately 2:15 a.m., police responded to a reported disturbance on Main Street. Upon arrival, officers conducted a preliminary investigation and informed MACINNES that he would be placed under arrest as a result. At that time, MACINNES allegedly punched one of the officers as they attempted to take him into custody, and then fled on foot.
Officers pursued MACINNES toward the intersection of Wilson and Parkway Roads, where he entered his parked truck and locked himself inside as an officer parked his marked cruiser behind the truck. MACINNES then allegedly accelerated into a cruiser parked in front of him, pushing it into the intersection, before driving away at a high rate of speed.
Police pursued MACINNES onto Interstate 93, but called off the chase in the interest of safety after speeds reached above 100 mph.
Following the incident, Stoneham Police secured a warrant for his arrest out of Woburn District Court.
With the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, MACINNES was located in Boston this afternoon. He was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Stoneham Police Department where he is being held without bail pending his arraignment at Woburn District Court.
“I want to commend the work of Stoneham Detectives and the Massachusetts State Police for their work on this case,” Chief McIntyre said. “If it were not for the cooperative efforts between these two agencies, the suspect would still be out there.”
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.