State Police seek public’s help in finding culprits who overturned car during Red Sox celebrations

One of the pictures that State Police hope will provide them with clues to who overturned Chad Duncan’s car. This one has also become an Internet meme. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

State Police are seeking help from the public in identifying anyone who may have been involved in flipping a black 2012 Toyota Corolla on Boylston Street after the World Series win on Wednesday in an effort to find those responsible for one of the more reckless acts during the night’s celebrations.

In two photos posted on the official State Police Twitter page, four people are seen climbing on the car’s underside, with a large crowd surrounding the Corolla. In one photo, taken by photographer Jessica Rinaldi for the Globe, three men are seen climbing on its underside, and one of the men on the car, seemingly caught off guard by the camera, is staring into the lens. The picture has become a meme on the Internet.


A video posted on YouTube shows the car being flipped.

Nobody was inside the car when it was flipped at about 1 a.m. in the area of 1150 Boylston St., said David Procopio, State Police spokesman

Police said they have no reason to believe the people who climbed on the car are necessarily the ones who flipped it.

“This year we are dealing with an act of stupidity, probably fueled by alcohol,’’ Procopio said. “Despite the fact it was relatively calm, we have a duty to the car owner to hold these people accountable.’’

Twelve people appeared in court Thursday to face charges, including assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct, after Red Sox revelry turned rowdy Wednesday night. Seven of the cases were dismissed after hearings in Roxbury District Court; five are still pending, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Two other people were charged in related crimes — a man who was charged with drunken driving when he hit two bicyclists in Allston after the game, and another person charged with selling counterfeit tickets, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

The flipped car on Boylston was the sole report of its kind for the night, Procopio said.


“We have taken our investigation online to see if anyone can help identify who is involved,’’ Procopio said. “If anyone has their own photos or footage, we would like to see them. We would keep their identities confidential.’’

The list of possible charges for suspects in the incident include malicious destruction of property over $250 and disorderly conduct.

Chad Duncan, the owner of the damaged car, told the Globe that the top and side of the Corolla were crunched after it was turned on its back. He estimated the damage at $2,500.

Bobby O’Neill, a Brookline resident who works for, began a GoFundMe campaign Thursday to raise money to mend the car.

“I’ve seen what those riots can turn into, and since April I’ve had enough of the destruction and enough of the negative stories, so I tried to turn that around,’’ O’Neill said.

Within five hours, $2,500 had been raised, and as of late this morning more than $3,300 has flowed in. O’Neill said he plans to give Duncan $2,500 and donate the rest to the One Fund, an organization that awards aid to survivors of the marathon bombings.

“I’m both shocked and incredibly impressed, but I am also not surprised in the least,’’ O’Neill said about the outpouring of assistance. “If I didn’t expect this from Bostonians, I wouldn’t have done this in the first place.’’


Anyone with information regarding the car-flipping incident are asked to call State Police at 617-727-6780.


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