Lunenburg man steals police cruiser while in custody

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LUNENBURG — A 51-year-old man was arrested following an incident in Lunenburg on Friday.

Authorities say they were notified of a man swinging a machete at people on River Road at around 2:50 p.m.

Upon arrival, police say that based upon the statements of the involved parties, Jeremy Way, of Lunenburg, was taken into custody as the alleged offender.

Police say Way was handcuffed and placed in the police cruiser.

While Deputy Engel was gathering the written statements and evidence, it is alleged that Way escaped his restraints and fled with the police cruiser.

The cruiser was located on Maillett Road a short time later.

The cruiser had sustained damage.

Police say Way was located in the woods nearby the cruiser and taken into custody a second time.

None of the victims sustained physical injury during the incident, police say.

Way is facing charges of two counts of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, and one count of escape, and DUI/aggravated operation without owners consent.

He is being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport.

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