Man Crashes Stolen Vehicle, Killing Passenger, Then Breaks Into Hull Apartment, Police Say

Police say the driver ran from the scene of the crash and later arrested as a suspect in an assault

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A passenger was killed late Thursday night after a driver crashed a vehicle that had reportedly been stolen in Hull, Massachusetts.

At about 10 p.m. Thursday, authorities say 40-year-old Karl Sault crashed a pickup truck he had just stolen from a car dealership on Nantasket Avenue. His passenger, 52-year-old Michael Peters of Hull, was ejected and died at the scene.

According to police, an officer spotted the pickup truck and began following it in his cruiser. The vehicle reportedly turned from George Washington Boulevard onto Rockaway Avenue, where it crashed into a pole.

First responding officers say Sault took off running, broke into a nearby apartment, and committed a domestic assault.

"I just didn't want to be involved, especially with my daughter here," said Chad Rymaszewski, who lives in the apartment.

His 7-year-old daughter was sleeping when Sault started banging on the door.

"He had his girlfriend with him apparently and he just dragged her from across the street," Rymaszewski said.

"I'm shocked, because you don't expect something like that to happen in a complex like this," said neighbor Jean Callahan, who says she saw a man dragging something outside her window.

Rymaszewski says that's when Sault must have pulled his girlfriend through the parking lot to his place.

"The cops were here so fast," he said. "They had like big guns on me and my daughter, which was crazy."

Rymaszewski went on to describe how Sault surrendered without a fight.

"It was definitely scary, you never know what he is going to do," Rymaszewski said. "It's like, he could just snap."

Sault faces charges including domestic assault and battery, breaking and entering and intimidation of a witness.

The officer was not injured but was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The department said he's been placed on paid leave, which is standard during investigations of incidents involving officers.

Courts were closed Friday, so Sault will be held over the weekend until his arraignment on Monday.

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