The Hopkinton Police Department arrested and charged a motorcyclist Wednesday morning following a brief pursuit.
Robert Wills, 28, of Hopkinton was arrested and charged with:
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage
- Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Failure to Stop for Police
- Uninsured Motor Vehicle
- Unregistered Motor Vehicle
- Number Plate Missing
- Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
At approximately 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, a Hopkinton Police sergeant was notified by a Hopkinton Police officer of a black motorcycle with one exhaust pipe traveling on West Main Street.
Over the last several months, Hopkinton Police have attempted to stop a motorcycle fitting that description on several occasions.
A short time later, the sergeant observed a motorcycle matching the description in the area of 85 Main St. and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The operator, later identified as Wills, allegedly failed to stop.
Officers began to follow Wills but lost sight of the motorcycle. The motorcycle was then observed on Holt Street, and officers continued to follow. The pursuit lasted approximately two miles.
As the motorcyclist approached the intersection of Ash Street and Thayer Heights Road, the operator allegedly attempted to pass another vehicle, but collided with the vehicle, causing the motorcycle to crash onto its side. Neither Wills nor the occupant of the second vehicle reported injuries.
Wills then allegedly ran from the intersection on foot. He was quickly located by officers in a yard on Ash Street and was taken into custody without further incident. At that time, Wills notified officers that he had a firearm. He possesses a License to Carry in Massachusetts. While being booked, it was determined that the firearm contained a high-capacity magazine.
The Hopkinton Police Department filed an immediate threat suspension request with the RMV.
Wills is scheduled to be arraigned at Framingham District Court on Wednesday afternoon.
“I would like to commend our officers for their use of caution during this incident given the time of day and extra traffic in the area,” said Acting Chief Scott van Raalten. “The officers displayed great awareness and were able to safely take the suspect into custody.”
Editor’s note: Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett is on vacation, so Detective Sergeant Scott van Raalten is the acting chief on a temporary basis.