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Police K9 Kody tracked down a Springfield man who fled from police early Wednesday morning.
Police K9 Kody tracked down a Springfield man who fled from police early Wednesday morning.Massachusetts State Police

A police dog tracked down a man who allegedly crashed his car while driving under the influence and fled on foot in Springfield early Wednesday morning, police said.

At around 1:45 a.m., State Police troopers on Interstate 391 in Chicopee tried to stop a Honda Accord for failing to stay within marked lanes and driving with a headlight out, State Police said in a statement.

The driver of the car, later identified by police as Alexi Heredia-Arroyo, 27, of Springfield, allegedly refused to stop and exited the interstate onto Center Street, police said.

The troopers did not pursue Heredia-Arroyo, but a short time later found the Honda Accord crashed and unoccupied in Memorial Square at the intersection of Main Street and Plainfield Street in Springfield, police said. Heredia-Arroyo had allegedly driven over the curb and into the bushes in the middle of the traffic rotary, Lieutenant Thomas Ryan, a State Police spokesman, said.

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Police dog Kody and State Police troopers began to track Heredia-Arroyo from the crashed car. They tracked him for two blocks before finding and arresting him, police said.

Heredia-Arroyo was charged with failure to stop for police, operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, lights violation, and marked lanes violation, police said.

Heredia-Arroyo was arraigned in Springfield District Court Wednesday morning, police said.


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