An East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, man is facing a number of charges after police say he car jacked a woman in Plymouth and then led local and state police on a highway pursuit.
Police said the 74-year-old victim was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot of a Stop and Shop on State Road, when she was approached by a man who told her that her husband needed her inside the store. When the woman stepped away from the vehicle, police said the suspect pushed her away and fled the scene.
"When that female exited the vehicle she was assaulted and the keys were taken from her," said Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri.
The suspect sped northbound on Route 3A to Route 3 northbound where Massachusetts State Police troopers were involved in a brief car chase. The chase continued onto Route 44 where Middleboro police assisted and attempted to use stop sticks to end the pursuit.
"From what I'm being told, the speeds were 65 in that area," Botieri said.
Authorities said the pursuit ended in Taunton when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and struck a home at the intersection of South Preicent and Seekal Streets.
The suspect, identified as Anthony Loto, 26, of East Bridgewater, was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth to be treated for minor injuries.
The victim was not hurt.
Loto was charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery, assault and battery on a person over 60, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Plymouth District Court.