Police pursuit ends with officer hurt, suspect in cuffs

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 17, 2013

A Weymouth man who was allegedly spotted buying heroin off Columbia Road around noon on Sunday was stopped by pursuing police, before he drove away, dragging an officer down the street. The suspect was later arrested on Roseclair Street.

The officer was taken to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, 46-year-old Eric Nelson, was due to be arraigned in Dorchester Court on Monday, but he skipped out before his case was called after posting $1,000 bail. Judge Robert Baylor issued a bench warrant for Nelson after he failed to answer when his name was called, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Sunday’s incident began around noon at Devon Street and Vaughn Avenue, when undercover drug officers observed an individual, operating a silver motor vehicle, pull over and buy illegal narcotics. A marked cruised pulled Eric Nelson’s Nissan over on Columbia Road, police say.

“However, as officers were engaging the operator, the operator of the car gunned his engine and sped off,” a police report detailed. Police say officers soon spotted Nelson’s car again near 37 Mt. Vernon St. Police say: “Once on scene, officers learned that the suspect was seen running into the above mentioned address. A search of the location enabled officers to locate an individual who matched the description of the suspect. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect stated, ‘You got me.’ ”

Robert Miczke told the Reporter he saw a silver car speeding north on Dorchester Avenue before stopping in the middle of the street and turning a hard left, heading the wrong direction down Roseclair Street. A silver Nissan was left in the Roseclair Street-facing driveway of 37-39 Mt. Vernon Street, next to 86 Roseclair St.

Miczke said several cruisers arrived and entered 37-39 Mt. Vernon Street and came out with a well-dressed man about six feet tall in their custody. Miczke recognized the arrested man as the one driving the silver Nissan.

Roseclair Street between Dot Ave. and Mahew Street was closed off to traffic for about 20 minutes early Sunday afternoon while police investigated the scene and towed the vehicle, which had been damaged on its passenger side.

Nelson will be charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (the car), assault and battery on a police officer, failure to submit to a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of heroin.

Adam Gaffin contributed reporting to this article.