MILTON — The motorcyclist who routinely drove his bike at 100 miles per hour along Interstates 93 and 95 and Route 24, eluding State Police and other officers for the past month was captured after a pursuit early today, authorities said.
The suspect, identified as Daniel Rebello, 29, of Somerset, had engaged in a cat and mouse game with law enforcement, taunting an Arlington police officer on Friday and then roaring away, officials said. The State Police said on Monday Rebello called their headquarters in Framingham and boasted that he had gotten away from them once again.
But Rebello’s luck ran out about 7:30 a.m. today. He was arrested by Randolph Police Officer Charles Boudreau hiding behind a parked tractor trailer off Route 139 in Randolph, but only after he first sped north on Route 24 and then drove south on the grassy median strip to avoid State Police troopers waiting for him, police said.
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Rebello has amassed a 15-page driving history since 2000, which includes 11 speeding tickets in nearly every corner of Massachusetts and multiple suspensions and warrants.
His license was revoked indefinitely by the RMV this July as an immediate threat to public safety following a high speed chase in Dartmouth that ended with State Police citing him for speeding in a construction zone.
According to the RMV, Rebello has paid fines and fees on eight separate occassions to regain his license following multiple traffic violations. Before his arrest today, Rebello has been ticketed for speeding in Dartmouth, New Bedford, Lowell, Somerset (twice), Northampton, Holyoke, Fall River, Swansea and Westport.
He also has at least one traffic violation in Rhode Island, records show.
Rebello was booked at the State Police barracks in Milton where troopers and police officers from the Arlington and Randolph departments summarized their contact with the man. Authorities said Rebello had been a mystery to law enforcement before his arrest. Police officers said they sometimes looked him in the eye—before watching him roar off at triple digit speeds squeezing through narrow spaces between cars.
Last Friday, State Police Trooper Michael Hardman was in morning rush hour traffic on Interstate 93 in Randolph when Rebello, on his yellow and black Suzuki motorcycle, dangerously maneuvered through traffic until he was next to Hardman’s cruiser.
Hardman said they looked each other in the eyes, and when he turned on his cruiser lights, Rebello sped away, making illegal moves through the congested road to avoid arrest.
That same day, around 4 p.m., Arlington Police Officer Michael Foley was in his marked cruiser when he saw the Suzuki emerge from a bank parking lot. He said that Rebello looked directly at him, pushed down his face shield — and then drove away on a sidewalk.
“He made eye contact with me, put down his shield on his helmet, and just took off up the sidewalk for about 50 feet,’’ Foley said. He said that when Rebello put down his face shield, “I would say that was a taunt.’’
He said Rebello drove in between parked cars, sometimes drove in the wrong direction, ran multiple red lights on Route 60, before heading out onto Route 2. At that point, Foley lost sight of him and his superiors called off the pursuit under department policy that emphasizes using police work to identify speeders, not dangerous pursuits.
But Arlington police were able to identify him through interviews with businesses in town. State Police, too, were able to put a name to the motorcyclist. Police were poised to arrest Rebello when he got on his bike this morning — and ended up in handcuffs.
Rebello was employed for a construction company, McDonald Contracting, which today posted this note on its Facebook page. “Dan Rebello is no longer working for our company. He was not driving any company vehicles, nor was he working at any company work sites during this incident and therefore McDonald Contracting is not responsible for Mr. Rebello’s actions,’’ the statement said. “His behavior in no way reflects the values of McDonald Contracting. Thanks.’’
Rebello was arraigned in Quincy District Court Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to numerous charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of racing a motor vehicle, two counts of operating motor vehicle while license suspended as habitual traffic offender and failure to stop for police, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’ s office.
District Court Judge Mark Coven set bail at $10,000 cash—prosecutors had asked for $50,000 cash—and ordered him held for 60 days for violating terms of bail imposed in New Bedford District Court earlier this year.
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