State Police K-9 tracks down suspect in Somerville after chase

A Lynn man who fled from police in Charlestown was tracked down by a State Police K-9 dog in Somerville early Monday morning.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said the incident began at approximately 2:15 a.m. when two State Police troopers — one of whom is a recent graduate of the State Police Academy — were on patrol in a cruiser on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown when they attempted to pull over a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, but the driver refused to stop.

The Trailblazer continued on Route 99 and then went onto Route 38, where it blew a tire on a curb and then continued to drive at a low speed of about 25 miles per hour, Procopio said.


The Trailblazer finally came to a stop at the intersection of Mystic Avenue and Butler Drive in Somerville and the driver and passenger exited the vehicle. Troopers apprehended the passenger immediately but the driver was combative and was able to escape on foot and fled into the local neighborhood, Procopio said.

Troopers from Troop H and two State Police K-9 units began searching for the suspect. As Trooper Christopher Thurlow and his dog, K-9 Devaney, were looking on Sydney Street in Somerville around 3:20 a.m., they found the suspect, Procopio said.

“As K-9 Devaney passed in front of 61 Sydney St., he suddenly pulled hard down the driveway to the backyard,” Procopio said. “He became more frantic and worked around the right side of a vinyl fence in the rear. He hooked around the corner between the vinyl fence and a chain link fence where he located and apprehended the male suspect wedged between the two fences in brush.”

The suspect, identified as Jerry A. Martinez, 32, of Lynn, was taken into custody and brought to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was treated for a dog bite and an injury he suffered while jumping a fence, according to State Police.


As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, Martinez was still in the hospital. He will be booked after his discharge, Procopio said.

Procopio said charges are still being finalized but are expected to include operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and several other motor vehicle offenses, trespassing, and possession of open containers of alcohol and marijuana in a motor vehicle.

The passenger, a 24-year-old East Boston man, was questioned and released, according to State Police.

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