Lowell man faces charges after he allegedly ran light, smashed into police cruiser

A Lowell man is facing a number of charges after running a red light and slamming into a police cruiser early Sunday morning, State Police said.

Trooper Taylor Robidoux was driving through the intersection of Central and Gorham streets in Lowell, on his way to assist another trooper, when his cruiser was struck by a Honda Civic.

The Civic, which failed to stop at the intersection’s red light, was driven by 28-year-old Justin Castanza, State Police said. Witnesses say the cruiser had a green light, as well as its emergency blue lights on, as it passed through the intersection at 2:17 a.m.

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Both vehicles were damaged, though neither driver was injured.

Castanza was then arrested. Police searched his vehicle and uncovered a switchblade knife and fireworks.

He faces charges including operating under the influence of liquor, unlawful possession of fireworks, and failing to stop at a red light, State Police said. He is being arraigned Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

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