Man Flees in Vehicle and on Foot, Captured with Stolen Property in Medford

January 11, 2019 — Early yesterday morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Trooper Daniel Dowling heard a BOLO (Be On the LookOut alert) for a 1997 Hyundai Accent that had just been pursued by Boston Police, which the pursuit had been terminated in the area of Massachusetts Avenue near Interstate 93. The same vehicle had fled from several agencies over the past several days.

Moments later, Trooper Dowling observed a vehicle matching the description of the wanted vehicle, traveling I-93 Northbound just prior to Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.  Trooper Dowling followed after the vehicle, notifying area troopers of his location. The vehicle exited I-93 onto Route 60. Trooper Dowling followed at a distance for some time, waiting for backup officers to arrive, before initiating a traffic stop.

While traveling up Dudley Street in Medford, Medford Police Officer Jones was traveling toward the wanted Hyundai, coming from the opposite direction. The driver of the Hyundai, subsequently identified as SCOTT E. VINING, 49, of North Billerica, drove straight at the Medford Police cruiser, until swerving away at the last moment before colliding with the cruiser. Officer Jones also had to swerve away from VINING to avoid being struck.

VINING then turned down Fountain Street, which is a dead end. When VINING reached the dead end, he observed Trooper Dowling approaching; he then left the vehicle in gear, and fled on foot. The vehicle rolled forward into parked vehicles, causing damage. Trooper Dowling pursued VINING on foot over several fences, and subsequently captured the suspect and placed him into custody.

The Hyundai was found to contain several items, believed to be stolen, including among other property, sterling silver silverware, two phones, and five women’s watches.

VINING was brought to the State Police Medford Barracks for booking.

VINING was charged with the following offenses:
1.            Fail to stop for police;
2.            Reckless operation of a motor vehicle;
3.            OUI Drugs, 3rd Offense;
4.            Leave scene of property damage accident;
5.            Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
6.            Speeding;
7.            Marked lanes violation;
8.            State Highway Violation – Wrong Way;
9.            Resisting arrest;
10.          Assault and battery on a police officer;
11.          Assault by means of a dangerous weapon; and
12.          Receiving stolen property.

VINING was held without bail, pending arraignment in Somerville District Court.

No further information is available.  Please do not contact the barracks directly.

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