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RINDGE

Accident follows speeding chase

Police cruiser goes off the road, in ditch

A Rindge police officer was involved in a single-vehicle car crash Tuesday morning, as he was following a vehicle that had allegedly been speeding, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Rindge police.

Officer Thomas Horne of the Rindge Police Department lost control of the cruiser as he was making a turn at the intersection of Forristall and Elmwood roads in Winchendon, Mass., around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday. Horne was uninjured as a result of the incident.

Rindge police and Winchendon police are investigating the crash and the identity of the driver of the suspect vehicle. Police Administrator Mike French stated in an interview Wednesday that he couldn’t release details like the make and model of the suspect vehicle because the investigation is still ongoing.

Police said the vehicle Horne was chasing allegedly made an illegal turn around a traffic island at the intersection of Forristall and Elmwood. . Then, according to the release, “Officer Horne made a proper turn, at which point he lost control of the police cruiser sliding down an embankment.”

The alleged speeder began to stop when he noticed Horne, but then sped off, police said.

Horne was back on duty Wednesday, but French said he couldn’t provide a personal statement on the incident because the investigation is still open.

The police cruiser was towed from the scene. “It is not drivable at this time. I don’t have details on the damage it suffered,” French said. He also noted there were no damages to the road as a consequence of the crash.

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