Oak Bluffs police on Wednesday arrested a man for operating under the influence and driving a stolen car after a brief high-speed chase on Wing Road.
Officer Jeff Trudel pulled over Clemens Fraize, 38, of Amesbury around 1 a.m. on Wing Road and approached his vehicle on foot. As he neared the driver side window, Mr. Fraize put the car in gear and sped off, heading south on Wing Road.
Mr. Fraize raced through the stop sign at the intersection of County and Wing roads, but was greeted by Officer J.J. Mendez, who responded to a call for backup while he was traveling south on County Road. When Mr. Fraize tried to avoid the officers by turning into the fire station parking lot, the two officers used their cruisers to box him in before he could escape.
Mr. Fraize was charged with operating under the influence (second offense), failure to stop for police, negligent operation, marked lanes violation, failure to obey a stop sign, failure to signal, driving without a license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.
Lieut. Timothy Williamson praised the officers for preventing an extended high-speed chase.
“Officers Trudel and Mendez acted quickly and decisively to end what might have been a very dangerous situation,” Lieutenant Williamson said.
Mr. Fraize was initially held on $800 bail and was arraigned in Edgartown district court Wednesday morning.