Massive manhunt through Dorchester for suspects

Pair allegedly rode in stolen car that struck trooper.

One man was arrested by police and another remained at-large last night after state police conducted a daylong manhunt for the duo that allegedly stole a car and struck a trooper.

 

Brandon Smith, 25, of Dorchester, was arrested downtown Thursday afternoon, according to the Globe. He was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

 

A trooper on patrol originally spotted a Toyota Yaris driving at a high rate of speed near the Boston and Quincy border about 9 a.m., said state police Lt. Col. Francis Matthews.

 

The trooper followed, but lost sight of the car.

 

Another driver called police to report the erratic driving and that the Yaris was headed toward the Neponset River Bridge. Three troopers working a detail there heard the call and made their way up the bridge to try and confront the vehicle in traffic.

As the troopers approached, the driver tried to make a U-turn and at that point struck Trooper Scott Flaherty.

"Our officers fired their duty weapons to stop the vehicle after injuries had been sustained to the trooper," said Matthews.

After Flahert was hit, the other two "were in fear for their lives," he said.

Flaherty suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

When asked about the trooper's shooting on a crowded bridge, Matthews said the "appropriateness" of their actions would be investigated.

 
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