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June 16, 2014

Peabody man arrested in Boston after chase

PEABODY —

A 33-year-old Peabody man was arrested Sunday afternoon after leading police on a high-speed chase from New Hampshire into Boston. State police are investigating whether he kidnapped a male passenger who was in the fleeing pickup truck.

State police spokesman David Procopio said detectives were still investigating Sunday night, particularly the claim from the 27-year-old passenger, also a Peabody resident, that he was kidnapped by the driver. It was unclear if the two knew each other.

Michael Daniels, 33, was apprehended by Boston police on foot at North Station and held overnight at the state police barracks in Medford. He was found with a pellet gun, Procopio said. State troopers were determining what charges Daniels would face Sunday night. He was due to be arraigned in the Charlestown Division of Boston Municipal Court on Monday.

The incident began shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to Procopio, when state troopers were notified that Salem, New Hampshire, police were in pursuit of a stolen red GMC pickup truck occupied by two people and bearing New Hampshire plates on Interstate 93 southbound. Several minutes later, they received a report of a vehicle that was sideswiped by the pickup on I-93 near the Interstate 495 interchange.

Procopio said trooper Michael Rockett, who was chasing the truck at approximately 4:52 p.m. on I-93 in Stoneham, reported the driver refused to stop for him while traveling about 85 mph. The pursuit continued into the Tip O'Neill Tunnel a few minutes later, and Rockett lost sight of the truck.

It wasn't until shortly after 5 p.m. that Boston police reported the vehicle had crashed on Lewis Street in the North End and the driver had fled on foot. The passenger told police he had been kidnapped. Procopio said Boston officers finally arrested Daniels at North Station at 5:55 p.m. and a found a pellet pistol on him.

You can reach John Castelluccio at 978-338-2527, jcastelluccio@salemnews.com or via Twitter at @SNjcastelluccio.

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