August 12 2015

Burlington Police Arrest Man After Cross Town Chase

By: Rich Hosford

Members of the Burlington Police Department engaged in a vehicle pursuit that went across the town line before arrested a suspect who had fled a police stop. 

Police Chief Michael Kent and Shift Commander Lt. Thomas Browne report that Burlington Police Department arrested an unlicensed motorist on Tuesday evening after he refused to stop for police and led officers on a pursuit from Burlington to Billerica before the suspect allegedly bailed out of his moving vehicle in a parking lot, a statement reads. 

As a result of the incident, Noah Frantz Jocelyn, 19, of Burlington was arrested and charged with:

• Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle

• Failure to Stop for Police

• Motor Vehicle Operator Refusing to Identify Self for Police

• Operating a Motor Vehicle With a Suspended License

• Number Plate Violation (Concealment)

• Operating a Motor Vehicle With a Suspended Registration

• Uninsured Motor Vehicle

• Unregistered Motor Vehicle

• Resisting Arrest

• Failure to Stop

• Failure to Yield

• Speeding

• Marked Lanes Violations (Two)

• Number Plate Violation

A Burlington Police Traffic Officer, noting a missing front license plate, attempted to stop a green 1993 Honda Accord at the intersection of Winn and Cambridge streets at 6:30 p.m., the statement reads. The driver refused to stop and drove up Cambridge Street into Billerica. Burlington Police pursued him down a side street before he came out on Boston Road and struck a curb near a convenience store. The driver, identified as Jocelyn, then bailed out of the still moving car.

Officer Bernie Schipelliti, who is also the department's traffic safety officer, was able to maneuver his police cruiser into position and stop the car before anyone was hurt. The cruiser sustained minor damage.

Other officers chased the suspect on foot, catching him behind the convenience store building.

"Neither the suspect nor the vehicle in question had any business being on the road this evening," Lt. Browne said. "This was a very dangerous situation, in which we allege that the suspect showed reckless disregard for innocent civilians by jumping out of a moving vehicle in a fruitless attempt to elude police."

Chief Kent praised the safety officer for his quick work behind the wheel. 

"Officer Schipelliti did an excellent job this evening, moving his cruiser into position to prevent it from striking any innocent civilians."

Billerica Police assisted at the scene as well.

Jocelyn was ordered held on $540 cash bail and will be arraigned Wednesday in Woburn District Court. 


NOAH FRANTZ JOCELYN, AGE 19, OF BURLINGTON (Burlington Police Booking Photo)



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