A man who stole a car in Randolph and then was pursued by police through the South Shore town crashed into a tree here this afternoon, a crash so violent it nearly sliced the car in half, officials said.
Milton Police Chief Richard Wells said the man had to be extricated from the wreckage on Randolph Avenue near Brook Road and was rushed to Boston Medical Center. His medical condition was not immediately known. Police had to use the Jaws of Life to get him out of the car.
Wells said the incident began in neighboring Randolph after 1 p.m. when the car’s owner walked into a laundromat and apparently left the keys in the vehicle.
The suspect jumped into the vehicle and began driving north on Route 28 where the stolen car was quickly spotted by Randolph officers, the chief said. “They (Randolph police) followed it all the way into Milton,’’ the chief said.
He said Randolph officers then tried to box the vehicle in on Route 28, but the driver sped off. “As they were trying to do this, he eluded them and he took off,’’ the chief said.
The chief said the driver sped away and travelled about a mile further on Route 28 northbound at a high rate of speed. “He loses control, goes airborne and hits that tree,’’’ the chief said.
The crash is under investigation by Milton and Randolph police.