‘Medical emergency’ leads to 30-minute police chase

Multiple departments involved in four-town pursuit

WARREN — Area police officers engaged in a slow-speed pursuit of an erratic driver that proved to be the result of a medical emergency.

According to the Warren Police Department, multiple 911 calls were received Thursday evening at the Rutland Regional Emergency Communications Center at approximately 6:03 p.m., each reporting an erratic motor vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 67 in Warren.

The vehicle in was “quickly located” and officers attempted to make a traffic stop, according to a press release issued by the Warren Police Department. Despite “emergency signals” being activated by local police, “the vehicle failed to stop and continued into the town of West Brookfield and towards the town of Ware.”

Police reported the vehicle continued to traverse local roadways, “finding speeds no greater than 35 [miles per hour] in moderate traffic.”

With the vehicle crossing town lines, police officers from Palmer, Ware, and West Brookfield assisted in attempting to stop the vehicle. The pursuit came to a close at 6:33 p.m. when “the vehicle became stuck on the side of the road on Ware Road” in Warren.

According to police, officers successfully detained the driver without incident. Though no injuries were sustained in the incident, police reported the identity of the motorist is being withheld due to a “medical emergency.”

“At this time it appears that the operator was experiencing a medical emergency, and with such, the name of the operator is being withheld,” police reported. “The operator was transported by the Warren Fire Department to a local hospital for evaluation.”


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