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Police say man dragged Wellesley officer with stolen car

Wellesley Police Department

A Delaware man who allegedly dragged a Wellesley police officer about 15 feet with a stolen car and fled was arrested in Sturbridge early Sunday morning, officials said.

The officer was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was later released to recover at home, according to a statement from Wellesley police.

The incident began Saturday at about 7:09 p.m. when the officer stopped a 2017 Nissan Altima with Texas plates on Route 9 in Wellesley and determined the car was stolen out of Delaware.

The officer tried to arrest the driver, identified as 37-year-old Theodore William Newton of Newark, Del., when a struggle ensued, police said.

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Newton began driving eastbound on Worcester Street, dragging the officer as he sped off. The officer was dragged about 15 feet before he was able to free himself from the car, police said.

A few hours later, a State Police trooper arrested Newton at about 12:50 a.m. after stopping a 2019 Kia Optima he was a passenger in on Route 84 in Sturbridge, the statement said.

The trooper requested identification after Newton asked why the car had been stopped. Newton told the trooper he didn’t have any identification available and said his name was Brendan Newton, the statement said. The trooper noted Newton’s neck tattoo as they were speaking, police said.

A dispatcher then informed the trooper that the car was wanted in connection with a traffic stop that had occurred the previous evening in which an officer was injured when the car fled, the statement said. The trooper was given a photo of the suspect and was told he had a neck tattoo, something the trooper had noted while speaking with Newton.

The trooper asked Newton to step out of the car and confirmed he was the suspect, officials said.

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Newton was then arrested and taken to the Sturbridge State Police barracks to be processed before detectives transported him to the Wellesley police department where he is being held without bail.

Newton is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Dedham District Court, the statement said.

He is charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury, malicious destruction of property over $250, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.


Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.