, Salem, MA

March 22, 2014

Police: Woman arrested after chase

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say a woman was arrested yesterday after she assaulted her grandmother in probate court and then led officers on a pursuit that eventually ended in Woburn.

The woman, whom police declined to identify, was arrested by state police, who plan to summons her to court on various charges but declined to specify which last night.

Salem police will additionally seek warrants for the woman with charges of domestic assault and battery and assault and battery on a person 60 or older, in addition to motor vehicle offenses, said Lt. Scott Englehardt.

The woman was transported to Winchester Hospital following her arrest, and was still being held there for observation last night. There were no reports of injuries stemming from the incident, though state police confirmed the woman had sustained a medical issue during it.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m., when an officer responded to the Essex Family and Probate Court after a report that a woman had assaulted her grandmother during an argument over custody of a child, according to the incident log and Englehardt.

The officer saw the suspect drive by in a blue Hyundai SUV, then pulled up behind her at the intersection of Federal and North streets and activated his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle ran through the red light. The pursuit continued onto Bridge Street outbound.

The vehicle traveled at speeds between 25 and 35 mph, ran another red light, and passed several vehicles on the left at one point, police said.

The pursuit continued onto Route 128 southbound, but Salem police called it off after the vehicle reached speeds of 75 mph and was seen weaving in and out of lanes, according to radio reports.

The woman eventually came to a stop of her own volition shortly before Exit 36 on Route 128 in Woburn, after which she was taken into custody.

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