An electrical transformer exploded when a car crashed into a utility pole following a police chase on Route 18 in Abington early Wednesday morning.
The incident happened at 2 a.m., when an officer saw a Toyota Rav4 pass him “at a high rate of speed,’’ according to a statement from Weymouth police. As the officer approached the car after pulling it over, the car sped away, said police. The officer got into his car and pursued the driver until he lost sight of him on the Weymouth/Abington line along Route 18, police said.
“Moments later he observed a electrical transformer on top of a utility pole explode from a distance,’’ according to police.
The car had struck two utility poles and then flipped on its side, police said.
The driver of the car, 24-year-old Jevaun A. Jacques from Dorchester, and his passenger were both taken to South Shore Hospital. Jacques had serious injuries, according to police. Police say Jacques was given a citation at the hospital charging him with operating after license suspension, failure to stop for police, operating to endanger, and speeding.
“The operator told the officers that he thought he had a warrant and didn’t want to go to jail right before his birthday which is next week,’’ said police.