Early Friday morning, a 19-year-old Dudley man was arrested after crashing a white BMW into a home in West Brookfield and then fleeing into a nearby swamp.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, around 5 AM Massachusetts State Police K9 Section Trooper Kyle Kilmonis heard over the radio that West Brookfield Police had attempted to stop the vehicle — whose driver failed to stop, fled, and then crashed on Church Street.
The vehicle struck a telephone pole, crashed into the house and then into a tree. The driver fled on foot into adjacent woods.
Trooper Kilmonis — along with MSP K9 Trooper John Doherty and patrols from State Police-Brookfield — responded to set up a perimeter and assist in the search.
Trooper Kilmonis deployed his K9 partner Boomah, who quickly acquired a scent and began a track to the rear of the house that had been struck by the car.
Boomah and Trooper Kilmonis tracked around three homes before entering the woods by the Bradish Brook swamp. Boomah was tracking right over the suspect’s footprints in areas of the swamp.
Boomah tracked back out of the swamp to Wickaboag Valley Road. A short time later, Troopers observed the suspect on that street directly ahead of the tracking K9 team.
The suspect was covered in mud and had received multiple cuts while running from police.
Trooper Mark Giromini from State Police-Brookfield apprehended the suspect without further incident.
He was transported to Mary Lane Hospital for evaluation. West Brookfield Police took custody of the prisoner and will determine charges.
Lead photo: The scene of the crash in West Brookfield/Photo: MSP
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