UPDATE: Ordered held without bail pending a hearing on Nov. 29.
Boston Police report arresting a West Roxbury man they say almost ran down a detail cop, then went on a high-speed rampage through the streets of West Roxbury and Roslindale before crashing into a light pole on the other side of Roslindale Square.
Michael Robicheau, 57, was charged with refusing to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger, operating with a revoked license, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (car) and leaving the scene of a property-damage crash, police say. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the loaded 12-gauge shotgun police say officers found in the front seat of his SUV.
According to police, Robicheau parked his car in front of the crowded store in its normally congested parking lot around 1:30 p.m.
In a show of good will, instead of issuing a written citation and towing the vehicle, the officer entered the store and asked store employees to use the in-store public address system to ask the owner of the car to move the vehicle. In short time, the owner exited the store and returned to his vehicle. When the officer approached the operator to make him aware of the fact that a citation could have been written, the operator ignored the officer, jumped into his vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed while almost striking the officer.
The officer broadcast a description of the vehicle, which other officers soon learned was on South Street out of the Arboretum heading towards Washington Street:
While en route to that location, officers were informed that the suspect had struck several cars while fleeing the area. Officers were able to locate the suspect after he struck a vehicle and then a light pole in the area of Bexley Road in Roslindale. After a brief struggle, officers were able to take the suspect into custody.