05/01/2007

4 officers injured in Boston pursuit

By CHRISTINE McCONVILLE
The Boston Globe

BOSTON, MA — A 23-year-old Mattapan man is facing multiple motor vehicle charges after police say he led them on a chase through Dorchester and Roxbury early last evening.

The pursuit ended dramatically, about 7 p.m. in front of a bustling playground on Dudley Street.

Police said they followed Kevin Barrow for more than a mile, after spotting him in a black Acura, driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

"The officer tried to get him to stop, but he kept going," Boston police Superintendent John Gallagher said at the scene of the crash.

Four officers and one civilian were injured in the pursuit and four cruisers were damaged.

The chase began on Longfellow Street, Gallagher said, and continued from Adams to Hancock Street, then to Columbia Road and Dudley Street. Police caught Barrow at Dudley and Folsom streets, after Barrow drove head-on into a red Honda Accord. Police then hit Barrow's car to prevent him from driving away, officials said.

Barrow is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, refusal to stop for police officers, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injuries, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

The names of the injured were not released. The driver of the Honda was in stable condition at Brigham and Women's Hospital, police said. None of the officers' injuries are life threatening, Gallagher said.

Copyright 2007 The Boston Globe

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