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February 11. 2014 9:49AM

Man apprehended in Mass. for striking Salem police officer during vehicle stop


SALEM – A man who struck a Salem police officer with a truck on Monday night was apprehended in Lowell, Mass., after he fled from a motor vehicle stop, police said.

David Babcock is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday morning on a variety of charges related to him allegedly trying to mow down two police officers who attempted to stop him on a dead end street.

Babcock faces charges of first-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

A resident of South Policy Street called police about 7:20 p.m., reporting that an intoxicated man had just come to his door, asking for directions, police said.

The resident was concerned because the driver had a child in his truck, according to police.

Police had located the vehicle and stopped it on a dead-end street, Muse Terrace, a short time later.

After the truck was pulled over, Babcock allegedly drove away from the officers, made a U-turn and steered the Chevy Silverado at them, police said.

Police said Babcock revved the truck’s engine, causing its tires to spin, before driving at the two officers and striking one in the knee. The officer, who has not yet been named, jumped on the hood of a police cruiser to escape from being injured further, police said.

The officer sustained a non-life threatening injury to his leg. Babcock allegedly sped off in the truck. The officers continued their pursuit of the truck but lost sight of it in the area of Pleasant Street and South Policy Road.

Police were able to track down the driver through the description of the truck and its Massachusetts registration. The truck was registered to a woman in Lowell, Mass, police said.

Lowell police were called, and their dispatchers were able to send Salem officers a photo of the truck owner’s boyfriend.

Babcock was identified as the driver of the Chevy truck by both investigating officers, police said.

At 8:30 pm Lowell police took Babcock into custody and held him pending extradition as a fugitive from justice. The injured officer has been released from a local hospital.

jkimble@newstote.com


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