Man drives into police officers in stolen vehicle chase in Boston, police say

Two officers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, officials said.

Two Boston police officers were injured Saturday when a Middleborough man led authorities on a chase in the city that ended with the suspect allegedly driving a stolen construction truck into one officer after backing it into another one’s cruiser, officials said.

Robert Bjorkman, 49, was arrested in Dorchester on several charges, including assault to murder, once officers were able to apprehend him near 192 Boston St., according to a statement from Boston police.

Officials said an officer working a detail near 1436 Columbia Road in South Boston around 11:27 a.m. Saturday was notified that a truck had been stolen from the construction site.


Another officer in the area, after receiving the description of the vehicle and suspect, found both and tried to stop the man and, with sirens and lights blaring, followed him into Dorchester, according to police.

“Multiple attempts to stop the suspect were unsuccessful,” the statement said. “The suspect struck several parked motor vehicles before backing into the officer’s cruiser. Additional units arrived on scene and continued their attempts to stop the vehicle.”

After one officer exited his cruiser, Bjorkman drove the truck toward him, striking him, police said. Other officers were later able to stop Bjorkman on Boston Street.

Both officers hit by the truck were brought to a nearby hospital and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Bjorkman faces charges of assault to murder, malicious destruction of property, larceny of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, leaving the scene of personal injury, leaving the scene of property damage, and resisting arrest, according to police.

He was expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court.