Pursuit leads to overturned vehicle

Webster man allegedly threw cocaine out window during chase

Dudley Police Department photo

DUDLEY — Three area police departments were involved with the arrest of a Webster man who had a brief hospital stay after overturning his car in an apparent attempt to evade police shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

Kris Fitton, 41, has eight charges levied against him, with officials expecting more to come as he awaits arraignment at Dudley District Court on Monday morning.

In a press release issued by the Dudley Police Department, Fitton led police on a multi-town pursuit shortly after midnight. It was shortly after midnight when Officer James Mastrogiovanni observed Fitton’s gold Ford Taurus exit a driveway and head southbound at what police described as a high rate of speed. Officer Mastrogiovanni attempted to stop the sedan on Oak Street in Dudley but Fitton did not pull over, instead traveling on West Street, Pine Street, and Oxford Avenue, according to Dudley Police.

While Officer Mastrogiovanni continued to follow the Taurus, police assert Fitton was “observed throwing items from the vehicle.” Those items were later recovered, according to police, and believed to be crack cocaine.

After allegedly discarding the narcotics, police said the vehicle “accelerated” and crossed the town line onto Old Webster Road.

“For safety considerations, Officer Mastrogiovanni slowed his cruiser and followed the anticipated route of travel of the suspect vehicle,” police affirmed in the press release. “While nearing the intersection of Larned Road in Oxford, it was discovered the Ford Taurus had left the roadway, collided with a guardrail, and overturned.”

Police said Fitton, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken into custody at the scene of the accident and transported to UMass Hospital in Worcester for evaluation of minor injuries. He was treated and released, police reported, taken to the Webster Police Department for booking.

According to Dudley Police, there was an outstanding warrant for Fitton’s arrest and he was alleged to be operating with a suspended license.

Fitton was charged with failure to stop for police, reckless operation, marked lanes violation, speed greater than reasonable, operating after suspension, stop sign violation, failure to wear seatbelt, and possession of a Class B substance. Dudley Police noted the case remains under investigation and additional charges from the Oxford Police Department are expected.

According to court records, Fitton appeared in Worcester Superior Court in July on charges of driving with a suspended license and state highway traffic violation.


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