Hingham police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say tried to run down a police officer with a truck and crashed into another vehicle before escaping on foot, according to the Hingham Police Department.
Police have identified the man as 30-year-old Bruno Brauer, of Brazil, who was staying at a motel in Saugus at the time of the incident.
The incident began at 10:38 p.m. on June 7, when an officer responded to a report of a truck driving with its lights off through the Best Chevrolet dealership on Derby Street, which is surrounded by a fence and gate, said the statement.
Brauer, who was wearing a ski mask, drove at a high speed toward an officer who had drawn his gun and ordered him to stop, said police. He damaged three parked cars in the process and crashed through the locked gate of the dealership with the officer in pursuit.
The officer ended the chase for safety reasons on Route 3 South after Brauer allegedly crossed over the grass highway median strip with his truck lights off onto Route 3 North. The truck crashed into another car on Route 3 near the Weymouth/Braintree line. It rolled over and landed upright and Brauer got out and ran into the woods, according to the statement. The people in the car were hospitalized for non life-threatening injuries.
Several tires had been stolen from the dealership and police recovered burglary tools from the truck, which was registered to a business in Milford and had a New Hampshire license plate that had been reported stolen from Peabody.
After investigating the incident, an arrest warrant was issued for Brauer, who is known to “be involved in auto sales and construction work,’’ said the statement. Among the 17 charges he faces is felony assault with a dangerous weapon (a truck) on the officer, who was uninjured.
Anyone with information about Brauer is encouraged to call Detective Philip Emmott at 781-749-1212, or leave an anonymous tip on the Drop-A-Dime link on the Hingham Police Department’s website.