Massachusetts prosecutors have obtained indictments in Middlesex Superior Court against a Stoneham man who is alleged to have drove under the influence of alcohol and drugs and striking two Stoneham police officers.
Thomas Fernandes, 30, of Stoughton, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court for OUI / DUI Liquor; Reckless Driving; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Armed Assault to Murder; Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Failure to Stop for Police; Resisting Arrest; and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance.
According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Thomas Fernandes allegedly drove his car down a wrong way street while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, during which time he allegedly crashed with other cars and tried to leave the scene. Prosecutors further allege that, while trying to get away, he also struck two police officers who tried to stop him.
At one point, Stoneham police officers reportedly opened the driver's side door and tried to remove the keys from the ignition. Prosecutors allege that the driver then put the car in reverse and dragged the officers who were partially inside the car; and also allegedly struck officers with the car door. When Fernandes was ultimately arrested, it is alleged that he had a plastic prescription bottle containing heroin.
In many types of these cases where officer safety is jeopardized, prosecutors will often charge the defendant with just about every criminal charge possible. Particularly in cases where a police officer suffered some serious injury, a case such as this will surely be prosecuted very aggressively. For that reason, it is critical that the defense be just as aggressive and thick-skinned to ensure the absolute fairest and best possible resolution.
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