It all started, police said, when 19-year-old Jonah Talbot rolled his car through the four-way stop near the fire station in Oak Bluffs. It ended up, after a six-minute police chase, at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven.
By the time police had the Oak Bluffs teenager in custody, an Oak Bluffs police officer who crashed into a telephone pole was in the hospital and Mr. Talbot was looking at a laundry list of 25 criminal charges, including operating under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
"The operator slammed on his brakes, put it in reverse and drove at the officers," said Oak Bluffs police Sgt. Erik Blake. This happened once on Tradewinds Road, the sergeant said, and again on Franklin street.
As the pursuit carried into Vineyard Haven along Beach Road, there were now two Oak Bluffs cruisers tailing Mr. Talbot's 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass. It was a low-speed chase, Sgt. Blake said, never exceeding 50 miles per hour.
But it was on Beach Road, when one cruiser tried to pass Mr. Talbot's car, according to police reports, that Mr. Talbot sideswiped a cruiser. Further down Beach Road, when Mr. Talbot again hit the brakes and put his car in reverse, an Oak Bluffs cruiser driven by Officer William Branca swerved and spun into a telephone pole, Sergeant Blake said.
Tisbury police, who had been notified of the chase, were waiting with two cruisers at Five Corners, blocking the road. Mr. Talbot tried getting around the blockade but lost control of his car and ended up on the sidewalk in front of E&E Deli.
Mr. Talbot was arrested on the scene. Police declined to say what evidence they had of Mr. Talbot's blood-alcohol level, or whether he consented to a breathalyzer test.
Arraigned last Friday in Edgartown District Court and released on $1,000 bail, Mr. Talbot faces six counts of failure to stop for a stop sign, four charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, and single counts of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, leaving the scene of property damage, leaving the scene of a personal injury, no inspection sticker, marked lanes violation, failure to stop for police, failure to signal, going the wrong way on a state highway, possession of alcohol by a minor, open container, destruction of property in excess of $250 and failure to wear a seat belt.