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‘It could have been a lot worse:’ Man accused of running over Wellesley officer held without bail

The officer injured is resting at home, according to police Chief Jack Pilecki.

A Delaware man accused of dragging a Wellesley police officer on Route 9 during a weekend traffic stop was held without bail Monday as his alleged victim recovered at home.

Theodore William Newton, 37, of Newark, was arraigned on multiple charges in Dedham District Court, where is expected to appear again this week for a dangerousness hearing, according to the court clerk’s office.

Authorities allege Newton was behind the wheel of a stolen car when an attempt to take him into custody went awry Saturday night, leaving the officer with severe injuries.

The unidentified officer, who was brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham and later released, is recovering at home, Chief Jack Pilecki told Boston.com Tuesday.

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“It could have been a lot worse — let me put it that way,” he said.

Newton, who officials say has an extensive criminal record, was initially pulled over near Route 128 around 7:09 p.m., according to a police statement. He was in a silver 2017 Nissan Altima with temporary Texas license plates, according to the statement.

In an incident report obtained by Boston.com, Officer Gaetana DiCenso, who was assisting at the scene, wrote that Newton appeared nervous and agitated while being questioned, and told police he had just left Chuck E. Cheese’s.

When officers determined the car was stolen from Delaware they attempted to take Newton into custody, but he broke away and ran into the driver’s seat of the car, DiCenso wrote.

Another officer and Newton struggled inside the car with the door open, DiCenso wrote.

“Mr. Newton was somehow able to manipulate the Nissan into drive, and the vehicle drove away so hard smoke began emitting quickly from the rear of the vehicle,” he wrote in the report. “Mr. Newton began driving away as the bulk of the (officer’s) body was still within the Nissan.

“Mr. Newton continued fleeing the area in the Nissan, as (the officer) was being dragged on the roadway, he was unable to immediately free himself from the vehicle,” the report continues. “After approximately 10-15 feet, (the officer) was able to eject himself from the Nissan, and I observed the left rear tire of the Nissan run over his left arm while he was laying on Route 9.”

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Pilecki said the officer’s shoulder was also injured.

“Miraculously it doesn’t appear to be any broken bones but we’re still not sure about other damage,” he said, referring to possible nerve and ligament injuries.

After escaping Saturday night, detectives learned that Newton was a passenger in a 2019 Kia Optima that Boston police had stopped earlier in the evening, according to the statement.

Massachusetts State Police later located and stopped the car around 12:50 a.m. Sunday on Route 84 west, officials said.

“While the Trooper was speaking with the operator of the vehicle, a male party in the rear of the vehicle asked why the vehicle had been stopped,” the statement reads. “The Trooper then requested his identification and he indicated he did not have one and stated his name was Brendan Newton.”

A neck tattoo helped authorities to determine the man was actually Theodore Newton, and he was arrested, according to police.

Newton faces multiple charges, including assault and battery on a police officer; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle; resisting arrest; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury; malicious destruction of property over $250; receiving a stolen motor vehicle; and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

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Pilecki said the department is hoping for a full recovery for the injured officer.

Wellesley police have received messages of support from other area law enforcement and local officials, he said.

“Everyone is sending their prayers,” Pilecki said.

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