Burlington Man Arrested After Police Chase

Published 04/14 2014 07:01PM

Updated 04/14 2014 10:48PM

WILLISTON, Vt. – A man is in custody accused of stealing his friend’s car and leading police on a chase that shut down part of Route 2A.

Police say 49-year-old Anthony Grasso of Burlington will face charges including attempting to elude, gross negligent operation, excessive speed, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Police say it all started in South Burlington. That's where they say Grasso stole a new car from a friend. Later, police in Williston spotted the car and the chase began. Police say the chase lasted about a mile and reached speeds of 70-miles an hour.

"He was driving right up the middle. All these cars were trying to pull to the side to get out of the way," says Heather Lambert, who saw the chase.

Police say the chase ended near Pinecrest Circle when Grasso crashed into three other cars. Police say four people in the other cars are okay, though one woman was hurt with a possible broken arm.

Police say Grasso ran off and jumped off of a bridge into a river. He was quickly caught after a short foot chase.

Police say at the time of the chase Grasso was on escape status from the Vermont Department of Corrections.

"We had heard a transmission over the radio that he might have a box cutter with him. At that point, due to the circumstances, we decided to try and attempt to stop the vehicle," says Sgt. Keith Gonyeau, Williston Police Department.

After the crash, police shut down a stretch of Route 2A for about four hours.

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