Salem man arrested after hit and run, assaults officer with vehicle

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SALEM — A suspect involved in a hit and run incident at a local supermarket parking lot was apprehended Sunday evening after a confrontation with police officers.

The Salem Police Department reported a hit and run accident at the Market Basket parking lot at 265 South Broadway on Dec. 10 at approximately 4:40 p.m.

A woman’s car was struck, and the driver of the suspect vehicle then hit her with their car before attempting to flee the scene.

Officers located the suspect’s vehicle, bearing Massachusetts license plates, trapped in traffic within the parking lot.

Despite repeated commands to stop and exit the vehicle, the suspect continued to evade arrest, nearly hitting a Salem officer.

The suspect eventually escaped the parking lot at high speed.

However, at around 5:20 p.m., the vehicle was found at the Lancelot Court apartments.

The driver, 49-year-old John Burke of Salem, was arrested inside an apartment building.

The injured woman was taken to Lawrence General Hospital by Salem Fire Department personnel and was later admitted with serious injuries.

Burke is being held without bail and faces arraignment today at Rockingham Superior Court on charges including aggravated DUI, eluding police, conduct after an accident, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, and disobeying an officer.

The Salem Police Department urges anyone with further information to contact Officer Matthew Fitzgerald.

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