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Wellesley Police Searching for Suspect Who Struck Officer With Vehicle During Arrest

Police believe the suspect is 37-year-old Theodore William Newton, of Newark, Delaware

Police are searching for a suspect who they say struck an officer while fleeing from a traffic stop in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Wellesley police say an officer stopped the suspect's car around 7:09 p.m. Saturday on Worcester Street at Route 128. The vehicle was a silver 2017 Nissan Altima with a temporary registration tag 38C7291 from an unknown state. While performing a records check, the officer discovered the car was stolen out of Delaware.

When the officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, a struggle ensued and the suspect began driving eastbound on Worcester Street, dragging the officer.

The officer was able to free himself from the vehicle after approximately traveling 15 feet.

He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The officer has not been identified but Wellesley police say he has been with the department for two years. 

Police believe the suspect is 37-year-old Theodore William Newton, of Newark, Delaware. He is described as a black male, around 190 pounds with a thin build, approximately 5'9", with close trimmed facial hair and brown eyes.

Newton was last seen wearing a black winter wool cap, black winter puffy jacket and dark colored jeans.

He is wanted by the Wellesley Police Department for various motor vehicle related charges, assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest. 

Wellesley police say the suspect has a lengthy police record throughout the East Coast.

Police are reviewing dash cam video as part of this active investigation.

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