As of 10:39 a.m., a Holliston man was being booked at the Medford State Police Barracks on a host of charges stemming from a drunken, high-speed chase that began in Stoneham and ended with a crash early Wednesday morning.
Forty-seven-year-old Frank S. Ceccaroni, of Holliston, was hospitalized after allegedly fleeing from police in a stolen car and crashing into a tractor trailer, state police said. Ceccaroni was released from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and will be arraigned at Woburn District Court later Wednesday after he is booked in Medford.
Ceccaroni has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (sixth offense), receiving a stolen motor vehicle (subsequent offense), receiving stolen property, attaching license plates, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, marked lanes violation, speeding, driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license (OUI), operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
In a press release, police described the events leading up to the crash.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper pulled over a 2005 Infiniti G35, later determined to be driven by Ceccaroni, on Rte. 93 southbound in Stoneham for a marked lanes violation.
The trooper observed that the male driver showed signs of intoxication, but before the trooper could remove the driver from the vehicle, the Infiniti started driving away.
Police said Ceccaroni began speeding down the highway, nearly striking a cruiser and workers at a road construction detail. Shortly after the on-ramp for Rte. 16, Ceccaroni crashed into the rear end of a tractor-trailer and became trapped under the vehicle. The tractor-trailer stopped in the breakdown lane, pulling the suspect's vehicle with it. Emergency personnel extricated Ceccaroni from the Infiniti and he was taken to MGH.
No one else was injured.
The tractor-trailer unit Ceccaroni hit was a 1998 Peterbilt driven by a 69-year-old Magnolia man.
"Troopers did a superb job taking a dangerous impaired driver off the road," said David Procopio, of the State Police Office of Media Relations.
Troopers said the Infiniti had been reported stolen on June 1 from Mass Auto Exchange, an automobile auction house at 275 Howard St. in Framingham and that a different plate had been attached.
The same day the Infiniti was taken, the license plate that troopers found attached to the car was reported stolen from a Dodge Caravan registered in Malden. The plate was lifted from the Caravan while it was parked at MGH.
The crash is being investigated by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.