Charlton man faces multiple charges after wrong-way chase, hits police cruiser

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CHARLTON — A Dorchester man was arraigned on multiple charges today after leading police on a wrong-way chase early this morning that ended with a police cruiser struck and an officer injured.

At approximately 1:47 a.m., Charlton Police Department received a report of a driver traveling the wrong way on Worcester Rd, Route 20, near Old Worcester Rd.

All three on-duty officers, as well as two additional officers who were working a paid detail nearby, responded to the scene.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old James Narcisse, initially refused to stop for the officers.

The pursuit continued onto Richardson Corner Rd before Narcisse turned around toward Worcester Rd once again.

He eventually stopped, but as officers approached, Narcisse accelerated, went off the road, and collided with a police cruiser, rendering it inoperable.

Narcisse continued east on Route 20 until the Oxford Police Department deployed spike strips, successfully deflating the tires of the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle halted off the roadway just before Route 56, after which Narcisse fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.

Narcisse was arraigned in Dudley District Court on charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property over $1200, three counts of leaving the scene of a property damage crash, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and a marked lane violation.

One officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Charlton Police Department expressed gratitude to the Oxford Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police for their assistance during the incident.

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