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Boston man accused of ‘intentionally striking’ Mass State Police trooper with vehicle is arrested

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 8/3/2021 Rick Sobey
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A Boston man accused of “intentionally striking” a Massachusetts State Police trooper with his vehicle has been arrested, according to police.

Wilmer Arias-Cespedes, 19, of Mattapan, faces multiple charges after the reported incident early Sunday morning in Lynn.

At around 2 a.m. Sunday, a Mass State Police trooper responded to a noise complaint at a business on the Lynnway, police said. The trooper was dispatched to behind Lynnway Liquors, where he found about 25 vehicles and five dirt bikes “with excessively loud music.”

The music was mostly coming from a white Honda Odyssey and a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to the trooper who turned on his emergency blue lights as he got behind the Honda.

After approaching the Honda’s driver, the trooper went over to the Jeep and asked for the person’s driver’s license. The Jeep’s brake lights then began to light up.

Arias-Cespedes is then accused of “intentionally striking” the trooper with his vehicle, State Police said.

“I gave the command ‘STOP’ as the vehicle lunged forward,” the trooper wrote in the police report. “I braced both hands against the hood of the vehicle as it came forward, striking me.

“I was able to push off the vehicle, getting myself to the driver’s side of the vehicle, as the vehicle accelerated and continued down Circle Avenue at a high rate of speed,” the trooper added.

The trooper entered his cruiser, but couldn’t pursue the suspect because of the 25 vehicles trying to leave the area.

The trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries in the reported incident.

Later on Sunday, a trooper was on American Legion Highway in Boston when he saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description — a black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The driver, Arias-Cespedes, was placed under arrest with the assistance of Boston police officers. He was then transported to the Revere Barracks for booking.

Arias-Cespedes told troopers that he did not have his vehicle during the previous night, saying it was stolen and that he found the Jeep earlier on Sunday off of a tracking device.

Arias-Cespedes was ordered held without bail.

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He has been charged with assault and battery on a police officer; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (vehicle); failure to stop for police; and speeding.


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