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Seafood, Steak Thieves Lead Police on Multi-Town Car Chase

Four people are facing charges after leading police on a multi-town car chase that started when they allegedly stole some seafood and steaks from a Massachusetts grocery store.

Thirty-one-year-old Everett resident John Hickey, 27-year-old Billerica resident Dylan Brunetto, 31-year-old Pepperell resident Felicia Drew and 28-year-old Groton resident Gregory Tammaro were arrested following a chase that started on Interstate 495 southbound when Littleton police received a call about an erratic driver in a silver Subaru Crosstrek.

Police said the four, all well-known to police, had stolen some steaks and seafood from a Shaw's supermarket in Groton and then started tossing all of it, along with some beer bottles, out of the window when police tried to pull them over.

Police said the Subaru was clocked at driving at 75 to 80 mph on I-495 and onto Route 2, where it eventually exited the highway at Route 111 in Harvard.

The car finally stopped after it crashed into another car in downtown Acton on Route 111 and Windsor Avenue; the suspects' vehicle then caught fire.

Police said the driver of the suspects' vehicle, Hickey, told authorities he didn't want to stop because his arrest would be a violation of his parole. He now faces up to life behind bars.

Hickey faces numerous charges, including failing to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating after license revoked and speeding. Brunetto was charged with conspiracy, and had a warrant for a prior shoplifting accusation, while Drew and Tammarro were both charged with conspiracy and shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise.

It's unclear if Hickey or his alleged accomplices have attorney. They're due in Ayer District Court Tuesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the ordeal.

Wendy Ouellette, the driver of the car that was hit by the suspects' Crosstrek, told NBC10 Boston she could hardly recall what happened.

"I heard the unmistakable sound of tires squealing" before the crash, she said.

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