A suspected drunk driver fled from police in Burlington early Monday morning, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph before crashing off Interstate 95’s Exit 35, according to police.
The driver, who is believed to be a 24-year-old man from Uganda, was ejected from the Nissan SUV he was driving after it rolled over near the Route 38 rotary in Woburn, Burlington police said in a statement. He was taken to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center with serious injuries.
Police said they were still working to positively identify the suspect, as “multiple forms of conflicting identification were found at the scene.”
An officer first spotted the SUV driving erratically with multiple taillights out around 2:05 a.m. on the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, according to police.
“The driver was operating at a very low rate of speed and suddenly speeding up and swerving on the roadway,” police said. “The officer suspected that the driver may be intoxicated.”
The officer attempted to pull the driver over after he entered I-95 North. However, he fled at a “high rate of speed,” taking Exit 34, according to police.
The driver then re-entered I-95, nearly striking the police cruiser in the process, and drove the wrong way on the highway before turning around and eventually crashing off Exit 35, police said.
“Several miniature bottles of alcohol were found ejected from the vehicle at the crash site, and alcohol is believed to have been a significant factor,” police said.
The incident remains under investigation. The entire pursuit lasted about two minutes, according to police.