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By John Fenuccio/Gatehouse News Service
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 27, 2008 @ 12:30 AM

Police say a suspect in an early morning convenience store break-in yesterday led police on a lengthy chase through several MetroWest towns that included a 40-foot leap off a bridge.
According to a Westborough Police report, Officer Tyson Delong received a call at 2:20 a.m. from Shrewsbury Police reporting a car speeding on Rte. 20 east driven by the suspect in a Millbury convenience store break-in.
Delong later spotted the car, a 1998 Lexus driven by Luis A. Gonzales, 38, of 13 Merrifield St., #2, Worcester, speeding on Rte. 9 east in Northborough at about 75 mph, according to police. Delong, joined by Officer Dean Paine, gave chase when the suspect refused to heed signals to pull over. The pursuit continued eastbound with speeds ranging from 80 to 90 mph.
The Lexus reached the area of Crossing Boulevard in Framingham, where it apparently developed engine problems and stopped. Police say Gonzales got out of the car and ran down Rte. 9, jumping over a bridge and landing on the railroad tracks some 30 to 40 feet below. Just before the foot chase, Gonzales' Lexus rolled forward and struck the left side of Delong's cruiser, causing minor damage.
After his leap from the bridge, Gonzales was seen limping away by police before he was later found near the railroad tracks by a state police dog unit.
"He was located a short distance down the railroad tracks hiding in some grass," Westborough Police Lt. Todd Minardi said.
After his arrest, Gonzales was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of an ankle injury sustained in the leap.
"He was taken into custody by Millbury P.D. and, eventually, while transporting him back to Millbury, he was complaining of some pains so they transported him from Westborough up to the hospital," Minardi said.
Police say Gonzales broke into Riverside Mart, 54 Canal St., Millbury.
"He did a smash-and-grab job through the store's window," Millbury Police Chief Richard Handfield said.
Handfield and Minardi said they did not know why Gonzales refused to stop for police.
Gonzales faces numerous charges in Millbury, including, use of a motor vehicle during a felony, malicious destruction of property over $250, two counts of failure to stop for police, reckless driving, speeding, a lights violation, and being a common and notorious thief.
Westborough Police also charged Gonzales with speeding, failure to stop for a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger, marked lanes violation and failure to stop for a red light.
Gonzales will be summonsed at Westborough District Court at a later date, according to police.
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