Metro

Man charged with driving under influence of drugs after allegedly aiming car at Medford officer

A Billerica man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs for a third time after he allegedly fled from police in Boston, drove his car directly into the path of a Medford police cruiser before being captured by a State Police trooper after a foot chase.

Scott E. Vining was allegedly behind the wheel of a 1997 Hyundai Accent early on Thursday where Boston police attempted to stop him, but ended the pursuit when the 49-year-old man got on the Expressway and started driving north, according to State Police.

Trooper Daniel Dowling heard a be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) broadcast over his police radio and spotted the Hyundai as it left Interstate 93 and onto Route 60 in Medford around 12:40 a.m. Thursday, State Police said.

Advertisement

Dowling alerted other officers and followed the Hyundai at a distance while waiting for other law enforcement personnel to arrive on Route 60. But before Vining could be ordered to stop, he allegedly spotted a Medford police cruiser, operated by Officer Matt Jones, heading in his direction, State Police said.

Get Metro Headlines in your inbox:
The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

“The driver of the Hyundai...drove straight at the Medford Police cruiser, until swerving away at the last moment [to avoid] before colliding with the cruiser. [Medford Police] Officer Jones also had to swerve away from VINING to avoid being struck,’’ State Police wrote.

After narrowly avoiding a head-on crash, Vining allegedly turned left onto Fountain Street, apparently unaware it was a dead-end street. Vining allegedly jumped out of the car, but left the car in gear and the vehicle crashed into several parked cars, State Police wrote.

Vining ran off on foot, followed by Dowling, who chased him through several backyards by climbing over fences before he was able to take Vining into custody, State Police wrote.

Inside the Hyundai, State Police allegedly found some suspected stolen items including sterling silver silverware, two phones, and five women’s watches.

Advertisement

Vining was arraigned at Somerville District Court Thursday on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of property damage, failure to proceed on the right side of the highway, speeding, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, and a third offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

A judge set bail at $2,500 cash. Vining was ordered not to drive, not consume drugs or alcohol, and be subjected to random screens, according to a spokeswoman for the DA’s office.

His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Globe correspondent Alejandro Serrano contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.