On Saturday February 23rd, Detectives from the Wellesley Police Department began investigating an incident that occurred just after 7PM where one of their officers was injured and dragged by a motor vehicle on Route 9 East. The officer was struck after attempting to take 37 year old Theodore Newton of Delaware into custody during a motor vehicle stop.
The next day, just before 1AM, a Massachusetts State Police Trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 84 West in Sturbridge. While the Trooper was speaking with the operator of the vehicle, the male in the back seat of the car asked police why they had been pulled over. The Trooper then requested his identification and he indicated he did not have one and stated his name was Brendan Newton.
After a short investigation, the trooper found that this was the same vehicle that was wanted in connection to the motor vehicle stop in Wellesley. The Trooper returned to the car and asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle so he could speak with him further. At that time, the person identified as Brendan Newton was taken into custody as Theodore Newton. He was processed in Sturbridge and later released to the Wellesley Police Department.
Newton is being held without bail and will be transported to Dedham District Court on on Monday. He is being charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury, malicious destruction of property, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
The Wellesley Police Officer who was injured was released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and home recovering.