While on patrol of town on Tuesday, May 14th at about 10:30 PM, Officer Michael Reardon was in the area of Harris and Elm Street responding to a report of a person looking into parked vehicles when he observed a car drive past him with its high beams on. The officer signaled his high beams numerous times in an attempt to get the motorist to lower his, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
Police say Officer Reardon attempted to stop the car, which was unsuccessful. That led to a short pursuit through several intersections. The car came to a stop in the parking lot of the Webster Head Start program and put his vehicle into reverse striking the police cruiser. The driver then ran into the woods.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Michael Freeman of Oxford, was tackled by Officer Reardon and was taken into custody.
Inside the vehicle, police found almost $1,500 in cash, along with 53 grams of crack/cocaine, .68 grams of heroin, 24 suboxone sublingual films (for oral use under the tongue), several pills of Clonazepam and Alprazolam, and some unknown powdery substances which will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab. Also taken were several containers containing false bottoms and a scale, which police say are indicative of narcotics distribution.
Damage to both the police cruiser and Freedman’s vehicle was minimal. Officer Reardon sustained minor injuries. Freeman was charged with trafficking cocaine over 36 grams, 2 counts of possession of a class B substance with the intent to distribute, 2 counts of possession of a class C substance, drug violation near a school zone/park, failing to dim headlights, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, resisting arrest, assault and battery of a police officer and other violations.
He was released on $540 bail and will be arraigned tomorrow in Dudley District Court.