Laurel J. Sweet Boston Herald
WELLESLEY, Mass. — A Wellesley police officer is on the mend and the man accused of dragging him with an allegedly stolen car Saturday is being held without bail on serious assault charges.
Theodore Newton, arrested by state police early Sunday morning, is expected to appear in Dedham District Court Monday on charges that he dragged a Wellesley police officer from a vehicle reported stolen out of Delaware while the officer was attempting to arrest him during a traffic stop on Route 9 east early Saturday night.
Newton was located by state police at 12:50 a.m. Sunday on Route 84 west. Police said Newton was seated in the back seat of a 2019 Kia Optima and asked why the vehicle had been stopped. Police said Newton stated he did not have identification and gave his name as Brendan Newton.
“While speaking with this individual the trooper noted that he had a neck tattoo,” police said of the stop.
Police said the suspect they were looking for in the Wellesley incident had a neck tattoo and had been identified as 37-year-old Theodore William Newton of Delaware.
Newton is alleged to have dragged the Wellesley officer about 15 feet while at the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Altima registered in Texas and reported stolen out of Delaware.
Wellesley police spokeswoman Lt. Marie Cleary said the officer was released from Beth Israel Hospital with minor injuries and is home recovering. His name has not been released.
Newton is expected to appear for arraignment in Dedham District Court Monday on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury, malicious destruction of property over $250, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
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