William Monopoli, 26, of Buzzards Bay, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail following a Friday chase that started on I-93 south in Dorchester and ended only when he crashed his car 30 miles away, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Boston Police had initially tried to pull Monopoli for a probation violation, but he sped away. After evading one trooper, at speeds of up to 80 m.p.h., the DA's office says, Monopoli's Ford Ranger hit a pickup truck near Milton Square - whose occupant avoided injury - then fled further south onto Rte. 24:
During this time, Monopoli allegedly nearly struck one trooper outside his vehicle and tried to ram the off-duty trooper’s car as that trooper tried to slow him down after passing him.
Monopoli exited onto Rte. 106, then lost control and crashed. He tried running away, but the initial trooper - who was off duty at the time, blocked him in until more troopers arrived with dogs.
Monopoli was arraigned today on charges of operating with a suspended license, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, the DA's office says.