NORTHBRIDGE (CBS) – A Northbridge police officer was stabbed with a double-bladed spear following a car chase Friday morning.
Police say the officer, Thomas Dejordy, was helping Milford police stop a blue 2003 Jaguar that was clocked going 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Officials say during the chase, the driver, identified as Adam Tillison, 27, of Whittinsville, pulled up to his home, jumped out of his car, and ran inside.
Tillison allegedly grabbed a spear from a second floor room and attacked Officer Dejordy as he made his way to the top of the stairs.
The spear penetrated Dejordy’s protective vest. Officials say he suffered a stab wound to the abdomen just below the ribs.
“If it had not been for the bullet proof vest, as you can see there would have been some real serious if not fatal injuries to the officer,” Northbridge Police Chief Walter Warchol told WBZ-TV.
Despite Dejordy’s injuries, he managed to tackle Tillson and handcuff him.
Dejordy was taken to the hospital and has since been released.
Tillison was arraigned Friday on 14 different charges ranging from attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon to driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
One neighbor told WBZ-TV that Tillison served in Iraq and may suffer from mental health issues. However, none of that information was immediately confirmed by officials.