Medford police arrest five after high-speed chase ends in crash

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MEDFORD — In the early hours of June 7, a high-speed pursuit ensued when Medford Police Sergeant Chris Covino attempted to stop a heavily damaged vehicle speeding through Medford Square.

The chase began around 3:15 a.m. when Covino, on patrol, activated his emergency lights and sirens after spotting the erratic vehicle.

Ignoring the officer’s signals, the car continued down Riverside Ave at a dangerous pace until it collided with a parked car and a curb on Ross Street.

The impact caused two tires to burst, forcing the vehicle to a halt.

Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been stolen from a nearby city hours earlier.

Such scenarios often suggest the possibility of additional crimes, potentially involving weapons, prompting officers to proceed with heightened caution.

Covino, along with backup units, detained the five individuals inside the vehicle without further incident.

The occupants, four 18-year-olds and one juvenile, were all charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle among other offenses.

The driver, Christopher Cecere of Malden, faces additional charges including Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, and Failure to Stop/Yield.

Accomplices Nicholas Rebelo of Medford, Estrella Alvarado of Brighton, and Cynthia Espinoza, who is currently homeless, were each charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle.

The juvenile from Methuen was similarly charged.

Their arraignments are expected to take place in the Medford District Court.

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