SAUGUS, Mass. – A Massachusetts’ man is facing 16 different charges after he led police on a chase through several towns Saturday afternoon.
The incident started in Lynn when a trooper pulled over a 2016 Honda Civic on the Lynnway for motor vehicle equipment violations, state police said.
During the traffic stop, the driver, Stephen Staffiery, 48, fled the scene on foot, police said. At some point, he apparently circled back to his car. Once this occurred, police said he drove away.
Transit officers spotted the car on Route 1A in Revere and tried to pull it over, but Staffiery kept driving, reported WFXT.
Police said the CRV continued onto Revere Street, where it hit one vehicle. Staffiery kept going, according to police, getting onto Route 60 westbound. At that point he struck two more vehicles as he kept fleeing, said police.
“When he hit us, the car rocked. I thought we were going to go over,” said John Goodwin, one of the hit and run victims.
Goodwin, along with his wife and grandchildren were on North Shore Road when Staffiery is accused of hitting them. Goodwin’s 8-month-old grandson was sitting in the backseat.
“He was gone, dodging in and out traffic at probably 60-70 miles an hour down North Shore Road,” he said.
The suspect vehicle exited the highway in the Salem Street area in North Revere and drove into a Saugus neighborhood, said police.
Staffiery stopped on Dale Street, according to police, and then ran through several backyards.
Bob Firth was shoveling his driveway when the commotion roared his way.
“They’re saying, stop, stop, stop. He comes running up to me. He goes, “you’re going to help me get me out of here,'” he said.
Officers were finally able to take him into custody following a brief struggle, they said.
Staffiery is facing a slew of charges, which include the following:
- Equipment Violation
- Attaching Plates
- Unregistered Motor Vehicle
- Uninsured Motor Vehicle
- Failure to Stop for Police
- Operating on a Suspended/Revoked License
- Disorderly Conduct
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash
- Resisting Arrest
- Receiving Stolen Property (License Plate)
- Possession of a Class A Drug (Heroin)
- Fugitive from Justice (Warrant out of NH)
- Possession of Burglarious Instrument
Staffiery will be arraigned in Lynn District Court Tuesday. In the meantime, he is being held without bail at the Middleton House of Correction.