Police continue to investigate whether Hallaman was driver
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WEBSTER — A local man was arrested late Sunday night after allegedly leading police on a high speed pursuit with a stolen vehicle.
According to the Webster Police Department, 29-year-old David Hallaman was in the vehicle that led law enforcement on a chase at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before crashing and fleeing on foot. Police allege Hallaman was in the sedan that had been reported stolen in Connecticut earlier in the day.
Sergeant Chris Trainor of the Webster Police Department reportedly spotted the stolen vehicle outside a Hillside Avenue residence shortly before 10 p.m. While Trainor communicated the vehicle’s location to other law enforcement personnel, the sedan traversed toward Thompson Road.
Webster Police Officer Sean Ebbeling was located on Thompson Road and observed the car traveling between 50-60 miles per hour in an area with a 35 miles per hour speed limit, police reported. Trainor and Ebbeling attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued “at high rate of speed” onto Gore Road.
Police pursued the sedan, and Ebbeling estimated the vehicle was traveling at a speed greater than 100 miles per hour at one point before law enforcement discontinued the pursuit. As police continued to travel along Gore Road, they soon came upon a crash scene where the car crashed in the area of the Lower Gore and Upper Gore roads.
There were no occupants in the vehicle, according to police, who believed the suspect or suspects had fled into the woods. Law enforcement from the Massachusetts State Police, Douglas Police Department, Oxford Police Department’s Drone Unit, and Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council K9 Team searched the area for any individuals who may have been in the abandoned stolen vehicle. The Dudley Police Department offered assistance by covering local calls for service during the search.
Police were aided “a short while later,” by a Rawson Road resident who notified law enforcement of a “strange male” on their porch. Webster Police Officer Michael Reardon located and took the man, Hallaman, into custody.
Webster Police continue to investigate whether Hallaman or another individual was driving the stolen vehicle during the pursuit. At the time of his arrest, police reported, Hallaman was found to be in possession of what is believed to be a small amount of cocaine.
Hallaman was taken to Harrington Hospital in Webster where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was held at the Webster Police Department, charged with receiving stolen property over $1,200; possession of a Class B substance; and breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony. Police said Hallaman was scheduled to be arraigned via teleconference on Monday.