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Man, 83, charged after allegedly driving into police cruiser

An 83-year-old Charlestown man is facing resisting arrest and other charges after he allegedly drove his 2015 Mercedes-Benz sedan into the rear of an unoccupied State Police cruiser that was parked on Interstate 95 in Newbury.

The incident began around 2 a.m. Thursday when Boxford police spotted the car being driven erratically and followed it onto Interstate 95 North, State Police said.

As Boxford police were speaking to the driver, he suddenly drove the Mercedes-Benz forward and into the rear of the cruiser, pushing the vehicle into the right-hand travel lane of Interstate 95, where a tractor-trailer collided with it, State Police said.

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The operator of the 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, a 27-year-old Illinois man, was not injured.

The operator of the white car drove forward for about another 500 yards before driving off the road.

His name was not immediately released, but State Police identified the driver as an 83-year-old Charlestown man. He is expected to be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, malicious destruction of property, and resisting arrest, State Police said.

The Charlestown man was removed from his vehicle and taken to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport for treatment of possible minor injuries, State Police said.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.