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Dracut Man Arrested Third OUI-Drugs Charge After Highway Chase

Jan 06, 2019 06:46PM ● By Lisa Redmond

MA state police

A 59-year-old Dracut man will be arraigned on Monday on his third drugged driver charge after he allegedly led Massachusetts State Police on a chase along Interstate 95 in Stoneham Friday afternoon that ended in Lexington when police used stop sticks to disable his truck.

Daniel Gentile, 59, of Dracut, is charged with OUI Drugs-3rd Offense; Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Resisting Arrest; Failure to Stop for Police; and Marked Lanes Violation. As of Friday night, Gentile was being held State Police-Danvers Barracks on $7,500 cash bail, according to a State Police press release.

The press release states that at 4:24 p.m. on Friday a witness reported that a white Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling slowly and erratically, and was “all over the road,” on I-95 southbound in the Stoneham area. The truck almost hit several other vehicles.

Trooper Daniel Katz, on patrol out of the Danvers Barracks, spotted the suspect driving erratically south of Exit 32 in Burlington. Katz attempted to stop the 2016 Dodge RAM 1500, but the suspect refused to stop and a pursuit was authorized by Troop A Headquarters.

Another trooper deployed a stop sticks tire deflation device in front of the fleeing truck in the area of Exit 29. Three of the truck’s four tires struck the stop sticks and the truck came to a stop on I-95 in Lexington.

After an investigation, troopers Katz and Daniel Hinchion determined that Gentile was under the influence of narcotics, according to the press release. Gentile was allegedly uncooperative and tried to resist as the troopers placed him in custody.

A dog in the truck was taken to an area humane society. An adult female passenger in the truck was suspected of being under the influence of narcotics and was transported to an area hospital.


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