Boston man arrested after assaulting Mass. State Trooper during traffic stop
RANDOLPH, Mass. (WLNE) – A Boston man is facing twelve charges after assaulting a Massachusetts State Trooper early Sunday morning, according to state police officials.
A spokesperson for Massachusetts State Police said the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. The suspect reportedly punched, choked, and pushed the troopers head into the pavement while they were fighting on the side of the highway.
State police said the incident started after a state trooper pulled over a purple Dodge Charger driving 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 93 south in Randolph.
During the traffic stop, the trooper found that Devin Fuller, 29, of Boston, was driving with a suspended license. According to state police, Fuller refused to comply with the trooper’s request to get out of his car and observed him repeatedly looking down at his center console.
The trooper attempted to take the suspect out of his car by holding his arm, when the suspect punched the trooper in the face and reached towards his center console. State police said the trooper, fearing Fuller could be grabbing a weapon, pulled the suspect’s arm and removed him from the car.
An altercation began in the breakdown lane, and the suspect repeatedly struck the trooper, tackled him to the ground, and forced his face into the pavement.
When the trooper was able to get back on his feet, the suspect grabbed him with both arms and “drove him 15-20 feet into and across two travel lanes and in front of an oncoming vehicle.”
State police said a driver in the oncoming lane had to “take evasive action and change lanes to avoid hitting the trooper.”
Fuller grabbed the trooper’s duty belt and reached for his gun. State police said the trooper was able to control his gun with both of his hands and prevent the suspect from taking it.
The struggle ended when an off-duty trooper saw what was happening and pulled over to help. The suspect then got back into his car, drove in reverse about 100 yards, pulled forward across two lanes, and fled down Route 24 south at an estimated 140 mph, weaving across lanes.
The trooper returned to his cruiser and followed the suspect onto Route 139 in Stoughton.
The suspect drove into an industrial park when additional troopers, including a K9 unit, responded to help.
The K9 unit and the assaulted trooper tracked the suspect through a wooded area, before Stoughton officers caught the suspect behind a Hampton Inn & Suites on Page Street.
After a search of Fuller’s Dodge Charger, troopers found a bottle of Hydrocodone pills, a small amount of marijuana, and three THC edible packets.
Additionally, troopers found plastic bags believed to be the packaging of illegal drugs.
Fuller denied medical attention and was booked at the State Police-Foxborough Barracks on the following charges:
- Assault with intent to murder;
- Assault and battery on a police officer;
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon;
- Failure to stop for police;
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
- Reckless operation of a motor vehicle;
- Resisting arrest;
- Possession of a Class D narcotic with intent to distribute;
- Possession of a Class C narcotic with intent to distribute;
- Operating after license suspension;
- Speeding; and
- Disturbing the peace.
Devin Fuller was held on $50,000 bail and was taken to Ash Street Jail in New Bedford to be held for arraignment in Stoughton District Court on Monday.
The assaulted trooper was taken to Milton Hospital, where he was treated for contusions and lacerations to his head, upper, and lower body.
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