December 29 2015

Updated: Police Chase Involving Stolen Vehicle in Burlington Ends With Crash

By: Rich Hosford

Update 5:15 p.m. 


Police have provided more details about a chase involving a man allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle in Burlington this morning that crashed after leading police to the Bedford town line. 


Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno report that the man has been arrested after he led police on a pursuit with a stolen vehicle through the two communities, a joint release states. 

The suspect has been identified as William Matthew Tighe, 20, of Tewksbury. He was arrested and charged with: 

• Receiving Stolen Property (Motor Vehicle)

• Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License

• Failure to Stop for Police

• Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority

• Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle)

• Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

• Speeding, Marked Lanes Violation, and Fail to Stop for Signal

At 10:07 a.m., a member of the Burlington Police Department was patrolling the area of Winn Street near Cambridge Street when he observed a red Honda Civic travelling westbound on Winn Street, the release states. The officer followed the vehicle Southbound on Cambridge Street (Rt. 3A.)  and a check of the motor vehicle’s registration revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the morning out of Lowell.

"Burlington Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Cambridge Street near the intersection of the Burlington Mall Road," the release states. "As two officers approached the suspect vehicle, the operator put the vehicle in reverse, drove over a sidewalk striking the curb causing the right front tire to blow out. The vehicle then subsequently sped off onto Rt. 128 Southbound." 

According to police, two more marked Burlington Police cruisers went after the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. The driver was able to exit Rt. 128 South and proceed onto Rt. 3 North.  At this point, the vehicle’s speeds had slowed down, but the driver refused to stop.

The vehicle entered Bedford and continued on Burlington Road back toward the Burlington line before striking a Burlington Police cruiser.

Members of the Bedford Police Department responded to assist. Tighe was arrested and then complained of minor injuries. He was transported by the Bedford Fire Department to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center i and released to police later in the afternoon.

Tighe allegedly stole the vehicle out of Lowell. He also had outstanding arrest warrants  stemming from previous incidents involving the Tewksbury and Billerica Police Departments, police say. 

The investigation is a joint effort between the Burlington Police Department and the Bedford Police Department.

"This was an outstanding effort by Burlington and Bedford police officers to carefully pursue and capture a fleeing felon without any innocent people getting harmed," Chief Kent said. "I am very proud of the hard work put in today."

"What we saw today was another example of the unprecedented level of cooperation and teamwork that exists among municipal police departments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," Chief Bongiorno added. "Our officers worked together expertly and took a wanted felon off the streets."

Additional Charges may be pending based upon the completion of the investigation.


Orignal Story: 


Burlington Police arrested a man who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle fled down Cambridge Street on Monday morning, WHDH is reporting. 


The news report states that a red Honda, reportedly stolen out of Lowell, gave police chase first down Cambridge Street before it went down Route 128, Route 3A and eventually onto Route 62. According to WHDH the car then blew a tire and stopped at the Burlington/Bedford town line. 


The suspect has not yet been identified. He was intially transported to Lahey Clinic and later released into police custody. He is expected to be charged in connection with the case later Monday afternoon. 


A Burlington Police Officer's cruiser was reportedly struck during the chase but the officer was not seriously injured, WHDH reported. 


BNEWS has confirmed with Burlington Police media relations that the department was involved with this action and we are expecting further details from police shortly. Police media relations said the Bedford Police Department was also involved.


BNEWS will update this story as more information becomes available. 



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