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Alleged driver of stolen pickup truck arrested in Lynnfield after chase

LYNNFIELD — A man who allegedly stole a pickup truck and fled from a crash on the Tobin Bridge in Boston was arrested late Tuesday evening after slamming into concrete barriers inside the Lynnfield Tunnel under the Route 129 overpass on Route 1, State Police said.

Denny Fernandes De Pina Andrade faces charges of larceny of a motor vehicle; receiving a stolen motor vehicle; failure to stop for police; leaving the scene of a crash that caused property damage; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; operating after license suspension; speeding; and marked lanes violation, said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, in a statement. He was set to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court Wednesday.

Around 11:28 p.m. Tuesday, Andrade was observed allegedly traveling at a high speed on the Tobin Bridge in a grey Toyota Tacoma and entering a coned-off construction zone, where he allegedly proceeded to strike every cone marking the construction setup, Procopio said. A State Police trooper on patrol on the bridge activated his lights and siren, and accelerated to get behind the Tacoma, which then swerved into the left lane and fled northbound at a high speed.

The trooper then began a pursuit of the Tacoma across the bridge and along Route 1 into Chelsea and Revere, with the truck accelerating to speeds as high as 110-115 miles per hour, Procopio said. As troopers continued to pursue the truck, State Police learned it had been reported stolen out of Brockton and was fleeing from the scene of a crash in the CANA Tunnel when first observed on the Tobin Bridge.

The pursuit continued through Saugus and into Lynnfield, where, at mile marker 60, Andrade lost control of the vehicle and collided with concrete barriers serving as a median on the highway, Procopio said. The impact of the crash caused the truck to enter a perpendicular position on the roadway and slide on the median for approximately 20 feet, with its bed riding on the barriers and the cab facing down into the travel lane. The barriers suffered “extensive damage” due to the crash, the statement said.

Andrade, the sole occupant of the truck, was then taken into custody. A query of his Social Security number revealed his license had been suspended since August 2021 for failure to pay fines, State Police said. He had no apparent injuries and declined medical treatment.

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