SPRINGFIELD — Police arrested a local resident on Saturday after a high-speed car chase in Springfield from Wilbraham Road to Oak Street.

Leslie Evans, 20, of 643 Sumner Avenue was arrested while walking at a quick pace down Oak Street after the ten-minute car chase, according to Cadet Melissa Rodriguez.

Officers M. Benoit and D. Billingsley found the keys to the vehicle they had been chasing in Evans’ pocket, and continued to search the car, where they found an open bottle of Patron in the front right seat and shooting targets in the front.

The officers had tried to pull Evans’ vehicle over after they realized the vehicle was wanted for previous firearm incidences. When the officers pulled out behind Evans, the vehicle accelerated.

Throughout the chase, Evans drove over double yellow lines, drove head on toward three police cruisers and almost collided with a pedestrian.

While Evans was on the way to the police station with the officers, he threatened “You see those head shots? Heads don’t wear vests.”

Evans was hit with a slew of charges including Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Fail to Stop for Police, Speeding and Threat to commit a Crime.

Springfield Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday on Eloise and Paridon Streets.

The victim reported that she was dropping her boyfriend off at his job when they began to argue. The suspect, Brian Hurley, 41, allegedly slapped her across the face and then exited the vehicle and began kicking the side.

According to Cadet Melissa Rodriguez, Hurley proceeded to acquire a forklift, lifted the victim’s vehicle while she was still inside and dropped it several feet from its original location.

The suspect fled the scene and officers could not find him.

Police later located and arrested him at his residence after they were called because he was reportedly banging on the door, trying to gain entry.

Hurley is being charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery, and Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle

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Brittney McNamara is a Blast Junior Editor

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