The suspect was wanted in relation to a bank robbery in Lawrence
Massachusetts State Police released a statement today that a state trooper pursued a suspect from a Lawrence bank robbery through Chelmsford on 495 earlier today. At approximately 10:15 a.m., Lawrence Police asked other law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for a Ford Explorer operated by George Melendez, 46, of Lowell for alleged bank robbery. The vehicle was spotted heading south on 495 in Lowell and did not stop, leading to a six mile chase. There were no reported injuries and no property damage as a result of the pursuit and arrest. Lawrence Police are continuing investigation into the incident this morning that led to the charges.
Suspect nearly struck State Troopers while running checkpoint.
A Somerville man faces a long list of charges after allegedly running a State Police sobriety checkpoint in Lowell and then wrecking his car in downtown Chelmsford early Saturday morning. Thomas Leedberg, 25, is charged with OUI-liquor (2nd offense), assault with a dangerous weapon (a car), reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and other motor vehicle violations, according to a State Police spokesman. He is expected to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court. According to a State Police report, the incident began around 1:25 a.m., when Leedberg approached a sobriety checkpoint established by State Police on Thorndike Road. Leedberg allegedly slowed down and entered the checkpoint area, then abruptly picked up speed and fled …