Eastham Police - Subject of Vehicle Chase Faces Multiple Charges

Incident starts in Eastham and ends near Exit 4...

From the Eastham Police Department (verbatim):

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at approximately 4pm, the Eastham Police Department received a report of a suspicious individual that was parked in front of an Eastham business. The individual was reportedly dropping trash and other belongings out of the vehicle onto the ground.
While responding to this call, Officer Rick Pellegrino observed a vehicle travelling south on Route 6 that fit the description of the vehicle given by the caller. Officer Pellegrino activated his cruiser’s emergency lights on Route 6 in the area of Cj’s Garage and attempted to stop the
vehicle for questioning.

At this time the operator, later identified as Nathan Burke, age 36 of East Andover NH, began throwing items from the vehicle, a black Chevrolet Avalanche, and failed to stop for Officer Pellegrino. Burke continued southbound on Route 6, entered the Orleans Rotary on the wrong side of the road, and aggressively drove his vehicle at an Eastham Police Cruiser, operated by Sergeant Mark Haley, almost striking it. Burke then entered Route 6 westbound and continued driving. Sergeant Haley and Officer Pellegrino pursued the vehicle, which was travelling at, or below, the speed limit the entire time of the incident. During the pursuit, Sergeant Haley requested that “stop sticks” be deployed in an effort to deflate Burke’s tires and stop his vehicle. This was accomplished by the Massachusetts State Police on Route 6 in the area of exit 5.

Burke’s vehicle came to a stop near exit 4 where he was taken into custody by State Police. Burke was transported to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation and is due to be arraigned at the Orleans District Court today. The Eastham Police Department charged Burke with the following offences:

  • Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon
  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Failure to stay within Marked Lanes
  • Littering

Additional charges were also filed by the Massachusetts State Police.


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