Thirty-six-year-old Elvis Hopkins of Johnston, Rhode Island, appeared in court Friday, after leading police on a high speed pursuit through two towns that left a homeowner injured, two cars damaged and put several schools on lockdown.
Ralph Sargent, defense attorney said, “He panicked because his license isn’t valid, took off and then things seriously spiraled out of control.”
Police say it all began on Green Road in Bolton, Massachusetts, around 8:30 when a homeowner, who’s a retired police officer, found Hopkins trespassing in his backyard and snapped a photo of him before Hopkins got into this silver grand prix and took off, striking the retired officer with the car.
Bolton Police Lt. Luke Hamburger said, “[He] assaulted him with his motor vehicle by trying to back into him, in order to escape the driveway.”
Police say Hopkins sped off down Route 117 into Lancaster at speeds that reached more than 100 miles an hour.
Julie Jakubowicz of Lancaster said, “I’m driving down the road on 117 eastbound and all of a sudden this guy smashed into my mirror and then a minute later two police officers were chasing after him.”
Not far down the road at the intersection of Route 70, Hopkins crashed into this ditch and took off on foot, putting four grade schools and a college on lockdown.
After an intense hour-long search, a firefighter spotted Hopkins near the Perkins school and Mass State Police Trooper Donald Wilmot was in position to take him into custody.
Trooper Wilmot said, “Immediately after seeing me come around the corner, he stopped running and got down on the ground.”
Hopkins is being held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for June 2nd.