SAUGUS (CBS) – A Newburyport man involved in a police chase hit four cars while fleeing from officers before he was eventually arrested in Saugus.

Revere Police tried to stop Stephen Staffiery, 48, on the Lynnway near Harding Street around 1:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Police say Staffiery ran away before returning to the 1998 Infinity QRX he was driving and speeding off down Route 1.

Staffiery drove through Lynn, Revere and eventually Saugus. Transit Police joined the chase along the way.

No one in the four vehicles that were hit was seriously injured.

Police arrested Staffiery in Saugus and he was turned over to Massachusetts State Police at the Revere barracks.

Staffiery was charged with several motor vehicle violations and also had a warrant out for his arrest from New Hampshire on a parole violation. The plates on the vehicle he was driving are stolen and registered to a Honda Civic, police said.

Bob Firth lives in the neighborhood where Staffiery was arrested. He told WBZ-TV that he witnessed police chasing the suspect.

“There were enough cruisers that there was nowhere to go. He was what you call trapped,” Firth said.

“I think he was at that age where the gasoline in his system was just about on (empty).”

Firth described the neighborhood where Staffiery was arrested as “extremely quiet.”

“It is very strange for this area. We don’t have criminals running up and down this street,” said Firth.

One man whose car was hit said his 8-month old grandson was in the backseat, but was not hurt.

“It was our lucky day because it could’ve been a lot worse,” he said.

Staffiery is due to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Tuesday.


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