Police used spike strips to end a chase from Pembroke to Weymouth early Monday morning after a suspect in a breaking and entering allegedly refused to stop, and hit three police cruisers as he fled.
Pembroke police initially responded to an alarm at the Lowe's on Church Road just after 3 a.m. and found Roderick Wensel, 32, of Pembroke, in the parking lot, sitting inside his car with the engine running, according to a Pembroke police news release.
Wensel refused to turn off the car or get out, according to police, and started driving away when he allegedly swerved at the officer in the parking lot. Other Pembroke cruisers attempted to stop him in the lot, but Wensel continued driving, onto Route 139 and into Hanover on Route 53 at speeds of 40 to 45 mph, police said.
Wensel is also accused of rear-ending a state police cruiser and another Pembroke police cruiser, causing minor damage. He was finally stopped when Norwell police used spike strips to disable his car and he was boxed in by police in Weymouth, according to the release. The Volkswagen Beetle he was allegedly driving had significant damage to the tires.
Wensel was arrested and is facing a number of charges, including negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police and driving with a suspended license.
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