Men Crash into Snow Bank Fleeing Braintree Detectives

The following information was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Braintree police arrested or are seeking to charge three men allegedly involved in a drug deal in the Union Street area last week.

On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 12, detectives in an unmarked car were filling up at a Union Street gas station when they observed what they believed to be suspicious drug activity, Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.

When one man left a Jeep and got into a Nissan Maxima and drove to Winslow Road, Detective Mark Sherrick attempted to pull the car over after allegedly witnessing a drug deal. But the men fled through Braintree into Randolph, ending up crashing into a snow bank.

The men – identified through investigation as John C. Fisher, 40 of Lakeville and Richard T. Hagerty, 38 of Revere – initially got away. 

"During the chase, Detective Sherrick observed what he believed to be plastic bags and pills thrown out the car window," Jenkins said. "A quantity of 30mg
Oxycodone pills were later located inside the Maxima and on the ground outside the Maxima."

Warrants were obtained for Fisher and Hagerty charging them with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy.

Fisher is also being charged with failure to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger and failure to keep within marked lanes. Fisher was arrested in Berkley on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with assistance from officers with the Lakeville and Berkley Police Departments, Jenkins said.

Hagerty remains at large, but is expected to surrender himself at Quincy District Court.

The third man – Joseph J. Lawler, 34 of Charlestown – was arrested at the gas station and charged with conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.


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