Police Chase Leads to Shots Fired, Car Crash in Burlington

A man who allegedly fled from police in a white minivan in Burlington was eventually arrested, but not before hitting three cars, including a police cruiser, and forcing an officer to open fire, officials said.

The chase began at approximately 7 p.m. on Monday when police on patrol at the Burlington Mall noticed the minivan idling in a handicapped parking space and realized the vehicle’s plates belonged to another car. When officers approached the vehicle, a Maryland man identified as Robert Haught, 42, allegedly got in and drove off.

According to WCVB, Haught would allegedly proceed to hit a police cruiser as he reached speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour. Police said he then drove directly at an officer, who responded by firing two shots from his weapon. No one was hit.


NECN reported that the suspect allegedly continued driving until he collided with two civilian vehicles, including one that was occupied by a woman and her two children. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the children were not hurt, the report added.

After the crash, The Boston Globe reported that police said Haught continued to flee on foot before eventually being arrested. According to The Globe, police claimed to find a stack of credit cards and valuable merchandise inside the minivan, which investigators say may be a sign he committed credit card fraud.

Haught will face attempted murder and other charges at his arraignment on Tuesday.


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