West Springfield Officer Forced to Shoot Out Tires of Stolen DPW Truck
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A West Springfield man is facing a list of charges after allegedly stealing a DPW truck and trying to run down a cop.
Around 6:00 Sunday morning, the West Springfield DPW reported that a small plow truck was stolen from a location on Piper Road.
West Springfield Police Capt. John Ferarini says that a short time later, Officer Brian Battista spotted the truck pulling into the First Niagara Bank near the corner of Westfield Street and Kings Highway.
At that point, Battista blocked the driver into the parking lot and when he went towards the truck, the driver, identified by Ferarini as Wayne Mecteau of West Springfield, allegedly tried to run the officer down.
Ferarini adds that after Mecteau tried several times to run down Battista and tried to pin him between a snow bank and the truck, Battista determined that it was safe to shoot out the tires of the truck with his service weapon.
However, the flat tires didn’t stop Mecteau. Ferarini says that Mecteau allegedly continued to try and run over Battista while fishtailing all over the place.
Backup units arrived and after a brief struggle, officers were able to take Mecteau into custody. He is facing several charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, and possession of a Class A drug.
Ferarini notes that Mecteau is also being investigated for his possible involvement in another stolen vehicle case and a larceny case.