Malden man allegedly tried to jump off overpass in Millbury in failed bid to escape State Police

State Police released this photograph of the items they said they seized from a car being driven by a Malden man on Saturday on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
State Police released this photograph of the items they said they seized from a car being driven by a Malden man on Saturday on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Credit: State Police

A Malden man who attempted to flee State Police police Saturday night by jumping off an overpass in Millbury is facing multiple charges after allegedly being caught with a stolen handgun, marijuana, and more than $2,000 in cash, according to the State Police.

Barry Jean-Baptiste, 26, was stopped on the Massachusetts Turnpike around 10:30 p.m. by a state trooper who, upon approaching the driver, described Jean-Baptiste as “hostile and uncooperative.”

Jean-Baptiste handed the trooper a Massachusetts driver’s license with a photo that did not resemble his likeness as well as a 2-week-old rental car agreement under a different name, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

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A pat frisk conducted when Jean-Baptiste exited the car yielded a pocket knife, State Police said. Moments later, as troopers were searching the car, Jean-Baptiste ran into the travel lane, apparently trying to jump in front of cars, State Police said.

Troopers ran into traffic after him — one nearly being struck by a tractor trailer — and struggled to get Jean-Baptiste down from climbing over a barrier on an overpass over Route 146, said Procopio in a statement.

The troopers reported that Jean-Baptiste allegedly stated he “wanted to end his life and take some of the troopers with him.”

The search of his car revealed a stolen and loaded .40 caliber handgun, an ounce of marijuana and more than $2,000 cash, State Police said. He was held over the weekend on $20,000 bail.

Jean-Baptiste is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester District Court today.

He is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm without a permit, possession of a high capacity firearm, operating with a suspended license, five counts of assault and battery on a police officer, possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, resisting arrest, threats, and multiple motor vehicle violations, State Police said.

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