Orleans crash; High speed chase; Rt 149/Service Road crash; Pedestrian struck in Yarmouth; Christmas day rescue in Harwich

Driver injured in Orleans crash
ORLEANS - One person was injured when their vehicle struck a tree about 4 AM Wednesday morning in Orleans. Rescuers had to extricate the victim from the wreckage on South Orleans Road (Route 28) near Monument Road. The injuries do not appear life threatening. Orleans Police are investigating. Posted on 12/27 at 7:00 AM.

Driver charged after high speed chase
BOURNE - A Buzzards Bay man was charged after leading State Police on a high speed chase early Wednesday morning. About 1:30 AM Trooper Gerald Donovan tried to stop a vehicle with a headlight out on Sandwich Road in Bourne. The vehicle took off heading onto Route 6 and went over the Sagamore Bridge. The chase continued at speeds reported over 100 MPH on Route 3 until the driver reportedly stopped by exit 10 in Kingston. 24-year old Luis Zaragoza was charged with operating with a suspended license (subsquent offense), unregistered/uninsured, operating negligently to endanger, failing to stop for police, defective equipment and open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Posted on 12/27 at 7:00 AM; updated on 12/27 at 4:30 PM.

Three injured in West Barnstable crash

     EMTs treat a victim of a vehicle crash at Rt 149/Service Rd. in West Barnstable     Ryan Somerfield
WEST BARNSTABLE - Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash at a notorious West Barnstable intersection. The crash happened shortly after 5:30 PM at Route 149 and the Service Road when a vehicle driven by Kim Rose apparently broadsided this station wagon driven by Samuel Aprea.
Afternoon commuters getting off the Mid-Cape Highway at exit 5 faced delays because of the crash. None of the injuries appear life threatening. The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police who cited Aprea for failing to use care at an intersection. Posted on 12/26 at 6:00 PM; updated on 12/27 at 4:30 PM. Photos courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

Pedestrian struck in Yarmouth
- A man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries after reportedly being struck by a vehicle in Yarmouth. The victim was apparently trying to cross Route 28 by Christopher's Restaurant around 2:30 PM Tuesday. We'll bring you further details as we get them from Yarmouth Police who are investigating the incident. Posted on 12/26 at 3:15 PM.

Police rescue man from pond Christmas morning after canoe capsizes 
- Harwich police say a Brewster man is lucky to be alive after capsizing his canoe on Seymour Pond in the pre-dawn hours Christmas morning. 25-year old Wesley Cartier was fished out of the frigid water after police got a call from a resident who heard cries for help about 5:30 a.m.

Harwich Police Officer Robert Hadfield responded to the call at the pond off Route 124 near the Brewster line and could barely see Cartier in the dark several hundred feet off shore.  Hadfield found a canoe and paddles at a nearby house and attempted to rescue Cartier but the officer's canoe also capsized in rough weather. He got back to shore, emptied water out of the canoe and set out to rescue Cartier again. When Hadfield reached Cartier he told him to hang onto the canoe and then paddled them both back to shore.

Both men were taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where they were treated for hypothermia. Cartier had been in the water for about an hour before he was rescued. "He had left a party in Brewster and somehow decided to take a canoe ride," Harwich Police Lt. Thomas Gagnon said. Cartier and Hadfield were treated and released from the hospital. Hadfield suffered some minor shoulder and back injuries in the rescue. Posted on 12/26 at 3:15 PM-WB

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