A 33-year-old Braintree man faces various charges, including larceny and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, after he allegedly stole a truck and hit a police cruiser while trying to drive away.
Michael J. Williams, 33, was arrested on Tuesday morning after a pursuit by Braintree and Weymouth police, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement. Officers were called to a Winthrop Avenue home for a break-in, and Williams allegedly left there and stole a 2005 Ford F-150 from a Park Avenue home.
"Williams is not being charged with breaking and entering because we cannot put him in the Winthrop Avenue house," Jenkins said. "However, the property recovered in the F-150 has been identified as property taken in a Weymouth house break."
He was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer andfailure to keep within marked lanes and was scheduled to be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday morning.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on May 22, the Winthrop Avenue homeowner arrived home to find the rear door forced open and the bedroom ransacked, Jenkins said. Then, a quarter mile away, a Park Avenue resident reported the truck theft.
"The victim reported that he just returned home for lunch at 11:15AM and was in the house for about ten minutes during which time his vehicle was stolen," Jenkins said. "A broadcast was put out to area police departments and a short time later Weymouth Police reported that they were pursuing the stolen vehicle into Braintree at Grove and Columbian Streets."
The F-150 struck a cruiser at that intersection, not injuring the officer or damaging the vehicle, Jenkins said.
"Braintree and Weymouth officers continued to chase the vehicle onto Birch Street and then to the area of Liberty and Forest streets where the vehicle hopped the sidewalk and came to a stop," Jenkins said. "The operator, later identifiedas Williams, attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away."