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Townsend woman seriously injured after Route 12 crash involving state trooper

Townsend woman seriously injured after Route 12 crash involving state trooper
Townsend woman seriously injured after Route 12 crash involving state trooper
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LEOMINSTER — A Townsend woman was seriously injured in a crash with a state trooper on Route 12 in Leominster shortly before midnight Wednesday, police said in a statement.

The officer involved, a 27-year-old man, was treated for an injury at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital’s Leominster campus. He was later released, but state police spokesman David Procopio said he will likely be on injured leave for a while.

The woman, 29, was flown by Boston LifeFlight to UMass Memorial Medical Center-Lakeside, police said. Procopio said an update on that woman’s condition was not immediately available, except to say that her injuries were determined to be non life-threatening.

The crash happened while the state trooper, based in Leominster, was responding to an ongoing chase in the West Boylston and Worcester area of Interstates 190 and 290, police said. The trooper was not involved in the pursuit when the crash happened.

The state trooper involved in the accident was bringing a tire deflation device to the scene of the chase, according to police, “to be in a position to deploy that device if necessary.”

At the time of the accident, the trooper was driving what police described as a “low-profile gray 2014 Ford Interceptor sport utility cruiser with lights and siren activated.” The woman was driving a 2008 Ford Focus.

Police did not provide any details about what caused the crash or who was at fault, noting that the accident remains under investigation. Procopio said the department has “a multi-layered internal review process for all cruiser crashes, which will be conducted.” He said the injured trooper’s duty status has not been changed.

The chase began when a trooper on Lincoln Street in Worcester “conducted a query on a black Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle and learned that the vehicle’s registration had been revoked for an insurance violation.”

When the trooper attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Ronald Paris, 35, of Worcester, he drove off, launching the chase, police said. The pursuit extended up on I-290 North, and then onto I-190 West, toward Leominster. Other troopers joined the chase, including one K-9 cruiser, according to police.

At one point during the chase, Paris swerved, allegedly in an attempt to hit the K-9 cruiser, police said.

Paris exited I-190 at Exit 4 in West Boylston, where he turned back around toward Worcester, driving back south to the Lincoln Village part of Worcester, police said. Eventually, Paris parked on Constitution Avenue and ran away on foot, at which point he was caught and arrested, according to police.

Paris is facing 10 charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police. He was held on $500 bail and set to be arraigned in Worcester District Court on Thursday.

Staff writer Robert Mills contributed to this report.