Man involved in carjacking spree is arraigned in hospital bed

BURLINGTON — Donald G. Hall, the Everett man who allegedly spent 12 hours carjacking vehicles and engaging in running gun battles with police across Middlesex County on Monday, was arraigned today on a host of charges in his hospital bed at the Lahey Clinic.

Hall, 28, held his right hand over his face during the brief proceeding where a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, including illegal possession of a firearm and armed carjacking. Concord District Court Judge Sabita Singh ordered him held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Friday.

Hall’s face was bruised and lined with long red scratches, the apparent aftermath of his alleged spree, which ended when he crashed a stolen SUV into a pole in Bedford, where State Police and local police took him into custody.


Hall was charged with armed assault to rob a person over 60, armed carjacking, resisting arrest, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, speeding, operating with a suspended license —subsequent offense, and failure to stop for police. Officials expect Hall to face more charges in the near future.

The arraignment lasted about two minutes and there was no recitation of the details of what Hall allegedly did during the crime spree that began early Monday.

Since December 2003, Hall has been cited by police in Haverhill, Groveland, Amesbury, West Newbury, and Merrimac for 12 traffic violations. Hall has not had a valid driver’s license in Massachusetts since January 2005, because he failed to pay a fine for a ticket issued in Groveland, according to Registry of Motor Vehicles records.

Hall was also found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs after his Feb. 6, 2004, arrest in Groveland, according to RMV records. He also has an outstanding warrant issued from Haverhill District Court, and appears to have failed to show up in a New Hampshire courtroom to face charges from an incident in that state in 2011, the records show.

Hall has also had his right to drive suspended multiple times, including a four-year suspension as a habitual traffic offender in 2009, the records show.


The Globe reported today that police allege that Hall was responsible for a 12-hour spree during which he led police on a high-speed pursuit north and west of Boston, commandeering four cars, careering through police blockades, and exchanging gunfire with officers before he was arrested in Bedford.

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