Suspect in 2-State Police Pursuit Was Wanted for Earlier Chase

Richard Simone had threatened to ram a police cruiser just three days earlier

The suspect seen on video being punched by police following a two-state police chase on Wednesday had been involved in another police chase three days earlier, according to the Telegram & Gazette.

The newspaper said a police officer in Millbury, Massachusetts, attempted to pull over Richard Simone on Sunday after learning that he had an active warrant. Simone refused to stop, fleeing in his pickup truck. 

The officer gave pursuit, and Simone threatened to ram the cruiser, turning away at the last minute. The officer then lost track of the vehicle as it headed for Interstate 290.

Police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday charging him with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, speeding and a marked lanes violation.

Simone, 50, of Worcester, Massachusetts, appeared in a New Hampshire courtroom Thursday on a fugitive-from-justice charge. He waived extradition and will return to Massachusetts.

Two state troopers have been relieved from duty after they were seen repeatedly punching Simone during his arrest on Wednesday afternoon in Nashua, New Hampshire. Simone led police on a chase that began in Holden, Massachusetts. The chase went through several towns at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

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