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ASHLAND – Ashland Police arrested a North Billerica man, after a chase through two communities, a crash, and a search by a K9 dog last night, August 9.

The man was eventually located in a wooded area, off Main Street, and taken into custody.

He refused to come out for police, and was located by Ashland’s K-9 Ajax, who bit him, said Acting Ashland Police Chief Richard Briggs.

Arrested was Ramon Smith, 33, of North Billerica.

Smith was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and treated for the dog bite, said Chief Briggs.

After being bitten, he refused to walk out of the wooded area, and needed to be carried out by four officers, said the Ashland Chief.

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Smith was charged with failure to stop for a police officer, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and a warrant.

Just before 7 p.m. on Monday, August 9, Ashland Police received a call about a maroon-colored vehicle in front of a Concord Street residence. The caller told police that there may be 4 people inside the maroon vehicle, who were armed, who were looking to harm them, explained Chief Briggs.

Officers went to Concord Street but could not located the vehicle. Shortly later the vehicle was spotted. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for police and took off down Myrtle Street and then onto Badger Road in Framingham.

Framingham dispatched about a half dozen cruisers to help Ashland Police, with the apprehension of the suspect.

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The vehicle then went past the country club and into Halstead Apartment complex, said Chief Briggs.

The vehicle circled the lot several times, said the chief. At one point, our officer stopped pursuit for safety reasons, said the chief.

Eventually, the vehicle exited that complex, drove down Badger Road, down Myrtle, down Main Street passed the police station, down Front Street, back down to Concord Street, and at the intersection of Concord Street and Concord Court, struck another vehicle, explained the chief.

The driver exited the vehicle and according to the officer, it looked like he was holding something in his pants, and he fled on foot. The officer lost sight of him, and a K9 unit was requested.

There was only one person in the vehicle when it was involved in the crash, said the Chief.

Firefighters arrived to help those in the vehicle that was struck. They were transported to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham with minor injuries, said the Ashland Chief.

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K-9 Ajax arrived on the scene and began to track for the suspect, said the Chief.

Within minutes Ajax located the individual. Police requested he surrender several times and he refused. The K-9 was sent in to locate him and contain him. Ajax bit the suspect, said Chief Briggs.

Chief Briggs said that the firearm was not recovered last night. It is believed he may have dumped it while fleeing from police. Police are still searching the area for the possible firearm.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.