Troopers and K9 nab operator who fled following pursuit in Charlestown and Somerville

At approximately 2:15 a.m., Trooper Ralph Dugue and Trooper Thomas Shea from the State Police-Tunnels Barracks, while on patrol on New Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown, observed the operator of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer sport utility vehicle commit motor vehicle violations. The Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle; the operator refused to stop and fled. A pursuit was authorized and Troop H Headquarters assumed command and control. 

The suspect vehicle continued on Route 99 and then onto Route 38 (paralleling Route 93 northbound) where it blew a tire on a curb and continued at low speed, approximately 25 mph.  

The vehicle came to a stop on Rt. 28 (Mystic Avenue) at Butler St. in Somerville where the operator and passenger, both males, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.  Troopers detained the passenger immediately but the operator was combative. A Trooper deployed his electronic control weapon, but the suspect was able to scale a fence and escape into the surrounding neighborhood.  Troopers from MSP Troop H and two MSP K-9 units established a perimeter and began a search for the remaining suspect. 

MSP K9 Section Trooper Christopher Thurlow and his partner Devaney were searching on Sidney Street, Somerville, around 3:20 a.m. As K9 Devaney passed in front of 61 Sydney St., he suddenly exhibited a change in behavior and pulled hard down the driveway to the backyard. Devaney worked around the right side of a vinyl fence in the rear. He hooked around the corner between the vinyl fence and a chain link fence where he located and apprehended the suspect wedged between the two fences in brush. Devaney engaged the suspect, who was taken into custody by Trooper Dugue and other Troopers. 

The suspect, identified as JERRY A. MARTINEZ, 32, of Lynn, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of an injury he suffered while jumping the fence and for a dog bite suffered during his apprehension.  As of this time, MARTINEZ remains at MGH and will be booked upon his discharge. 

Charges are still being finalized but are expected to include operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and several other motor vehicle offenses, trespassing, and possession of open containers of alcohol and marijuana in a motor vehicle. 

The passenger, a  24-year-old East Boston man, was questioned and released. 

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