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Man accused in carjacking spree arraigned at hospital

BURLINGTON — Donald G. Hall, an Everett man accused of carjacking vehicles and engaging in running gun battles with police across several communities on Monday, was arraigned Tuesday in his hospital bed and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

Hall, 28, held his right hand over his face during the proceeding at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf to nine charges, including armed carjacking, armed assault, and carrying a firearm without a license.

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Hall’s face was bruised and lined with long red scrapes, the apparent aftermath of his alleged spree, which ended when he crashed a stolen sport utility vehicle into a pole in Bedford, where state and local police took him into custody.

The arraignment lasted about two minutes. Prosecutors allege that Hall led police on a high-speed pursuit north and west of Boston, commandeering four cars, careering through police blockades, and exchanging gunfire with officers.

At one point, a trooper was heading toward the chase in Concord when he saw an allegedly carjacked Ford Flex barreling toward him, going east in the westbound lane. That vehicle nearly hit the trooper head-on.

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The trooper turned around to follow Hall into Lincoln, where Hall popped his tire running over a tire deflation device at Hanscom Drive and North Great Road before heading toward the Hanscom Air Force Base gate. A base guard pointed his gun at Hall, according to police documents, and Hall turned around and drove again at the trooper and then headed into Bedford, passing cars on the wrong side of the road.

Hall did not stop until a trooper used his cruiser to hit the back left of the Ford that Hall was driving, at which point Hall hit a telephone pole and then a tree before being arrested, according to the documents.

Since December 2003, Hall has been cited by police in Haverhill, Groveland, Amesbury, West Newbury, and Merrimac for 12 traffic violations. He has not had a valid driver’s license in Massachusetts since 2005, having failed to pay a ticket issued in Groveland, according to records at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Hall was also found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs after a Feb. 6, 2004, arrest in Groveland, according to Registry records. He also has an outstanding warrant issued from Haverhill District Court and appears to have failed to show up in a New Hampshire courtroom to face charges from a 2011 incident, the records show.

Hall has also had his right to drive suspended multiple times, including a four-year suspension as a habitual traffic offender in 2009, the records show.

Clive B. Jacques, who was appointed to represent Hall for bail only, declined to comment.

Evan Allen can be reached at
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