A Worcester man is being held on $100,000 cash bail by Auburn police
after the man allegedly struck a police officer Saturday who was
attempting to halt the suspect's vehicle.Officer Luis Santos, who
police say was struck by a vehicle driven by Matthew Ostrander, 47, of
15 Perry Ave., Worcester, was taken by Auburn Fire Department to
UMassMemorial Medical Center - University Campus with
non-life-threatening injuries. He was admitted with a head injury
, broken right leg and severe left knee injury, according to Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis Jr.
Chief Sluckis said Millbury police informed Auburn police around 2:40 p.m. Saturday that they were pursuing a Hyundai Sante Fe in connection with a housebreak in Millbury. The SUV fled onto Route 20 from Route 146, heading into Auburn. Officer
Santos deployed stop sticks at Washington Street, Route 20, and
Millbury Street in an attempt to halt Mr. Ostrander. According to Chief
Sluckis, Mr. Ostrander swerved to intentionally strike Officer Santos.
Police Officer John MacLean spotted Mr. Ostrander's SUV on Southbridge
Street, with two deflated tires, and identified the vehicle's driver.
Officer MacLean pursued Mr. Ostrander, who was attempting to flee on
Mr. Ostrander allegedly reached into his coat and yelled at Officer MacLean to shoot him.
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Chief Sluckis said that Officer MacLean didn't
believe Mr. Ostrander had a gun and holstered his weapon. A struggle
ensued and Officer MacLean deployed pepper spray to subdue Mr. Ostrander
and place him under arrest.
Mr. Ostrander faces charges including
assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a
police officer, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, operating a
motor vehicle negligently to cause harm, failure to stop for a police
officer, leaving the scene of an accident after injury and assault with intent to murder.
Chief Sluckis said a search warrant for the SUV was being obtained after Mr. Ostrander told police a firearm was in his vehicle.