METHUEN — Mayor James P. Jajuga and Chief Joseph Solomon report that Methuen Police Department responded to a serious crash Saturday night.
At approximately 11:24 p.m., an officer observed a dark colored sedan traveling at a high rate of speed on Howe Street near Marshal Street. A short time later, the vehicle crashed into a light pole and the signal control box at the intersection of Jackson and Pleasant Valley Streets.
The driver sustained serious injuries and was subsequently transported to a Boston hospital via medical helicopter. He is currently in critical condition, and his name is not being released at this time.
As a result of a preliminary investigation, Methuen Police believe the car was stolen after the driver broke into the home of the vehicle’s owner, who is known to him. The incident remains under investigation at this time.
As a result of the crash, the signal lights at the intersection of Route 113 and Jackson and Howe Streets are disabled. Temporary stop signs have been installed at the intersection, but motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
The incident remains under investigation by the Methuen Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.