Driver fled scene before State Police interceded

LEICESTER — A motorist was arrested after refusing to stop after their vehicle’s mirror struck a police officer working a traffic detail.

The incident occurred less than two hours into a traffic detail for an ongoing paving project along Main Street (Route 9). It was about 8:45 p.m. on Thursday evening that Leicester Police Officer Charles Laperle was struck by the mirror of a red 2014 Acura SUV while near the intersection of Henshaw and Main streets, according to the Leicester Police Department.

“We are pleased to report that Officer Laperle’s injuries were minor and promptly returned to duty,” read a statement issued by the Leicester Police Department on Friday morning.

Police said the SUV proceeded east on Main Street and failed to stop for Laperle after he had been struck. A Massachusetts Department of Transportation worker attempted to flag down the vehicle, but the motorist continued onward. Police say another local officer’s attempts to stop the vehicle was also unsuccessful.

Police notified area departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which was located in Worcester by the Massachusetts State Police. The driver was taken into custody by State Police in Worcester. The Leicester Police Department reported it is investigating the matter and intend to be filing additional charges.

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