2 hospitalized in crash as car flees after blocking Methuen police chase

Police pursuing a stolen red Acura into Methuen early today were blocked by a third vehicle, which then crashed into a tree, critically injuring its two occupants, including a 14-year-old boy.

At about 3:10 a.m., Methuen police were notified by Lowell police that a stolen red Acura was on Route 110 heading into Methuen. Methuen police encountered the vehicle on Riverside Drive in their city and attempted to stop it, but a black Honda traveling eastbound blocked a police cruiser from pursuing the Acura.

“This action caused the red Acura to flee and escape,” said Methuen Police Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo. “It appears the vehicles were acting in tandem.”

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The black Honda, which contained two people, then accelerated and continued on Riverside Drive. At a slight bend in the roadway, the driver apparently lost control and hit a tree, police said.

One occupant, a 14-year-old boy, was ejected from the vehicle. The second occupant was partially ejected. No details about the identity of the second occupant were immediately available.

Both occupants remain in the hospital in critical condition, police said.

The stolen Acura was recovered in Lawrence a short time later, unoccupied, police said. Police haven’t located whoever was riding in the car.

The events are still being actively investigated, and no charges have been filed.

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