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Brockton woman took police on chase in 3 towns

A Brockton woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges that she led Hingham and Rockland police on a multitown chase in a stolen car Monday night, officials said.

Melissa Brand, 27, faces a total of nine charges, including receiving a stolen vehicle, operating a vehicle recklessly, and failing to stop for a police officer.

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Rockland police responded to a 7-Eleven store about 6:30 p.m. after receiving a report from Brockton police that a stolen vehicle might be there.

When Rockland police arrived, they found the car Brockton police had reported stolen, but learned that a man in the 7-Eleven had just had his car, a Pontiac G6, stolen.

Police tracked the car using the man’s cellphone, which was in the car when it was stolen. Hingham police found it stopped at a red light outside the Derby Street Shoppes in their town.

Brand then led police on a chase that went into Norwell and at one point cut through a gas station to avoid traffic, said Hingham Police Chief Mike Peraino.

The car eventually went out of control and spun into a snowbank on VFW Drive in Hingham. Police said Brand continued to step on the throttle while the car was in the snowbank. She was not injured, and the car was not significantly damaged, Lieutenant Nick Zeoli of the Rockland Police Department said.

The charges against Brand also include two counts of larceny in the theft of $1,031 worth of merchandise from Victoria’s Secret and Shoe Market.

According to Peraino, Brand was released from prison less than a year ago under similar circumstances.

On June 24, 2012, Brand was arrested after she was caught shoplifting at the Derby Street stores, and almost struck a Hingham police officer with her car in her rush to escape, Peraino said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at
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