A Fitchburg man allegedly led State Police on a high-speed car chase in Sterling that ended when he crashed into a vacant house.
Jarrod A. Lamore, 21, was arraigned in Leominster District Court Thursday on numerous charges, including operating without a license, failure to stop for police, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, according to a State Police statement. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Bail was set at $5,000, but Lamore was also being held for violating probation on a previous charge. He is scheduled to appear in court again Friday.
At 7:57 p.m. Wednesday, a state trooper attempted to stop Lamore for speeding in a vehicle on Interstate 190, the statement said. Lamore exited the highway onto Leominster Road and continued fleeing until he lost control of the car and crashed into a house at 274 Leominster Rd.
David Skaife, who works across the street from the damaged house at New England Truck Design, said no one has lived in the house for quite a while.
“There’s a good section of the house that’s caved right in,” Skaife said. “It looks like a little add-on to the side of the house is gone.”
Lamore ran from the vehicle, State Police said. A 22-year-old female passenger who sustained injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, remained behind, State Police said.
Before being taken to HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, the passenger incorrectly identified the driver of the car to troopers, State Police said. The passenger is not being charged at this time.
Lamore was found about an hour later with the help of a K-9 unit. He was hiding under the stairs of a barn on Pratt Junction Road, the statement said.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.