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Police Chase in Salem Results in Alleged Attempt To Hit Officers With Vehicle

Police Chase in Salem Results in Alleged Attempt To Hit Officers With Vehicle

SALEM – After allegedly trying to drive over two Salem police officers during a routine traffic stop early Wednesday morning, a Peabody man is facing multiple charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Austin Boga, 25, was arraigned in Salem District Court on Wednesday on several charges, including assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle), failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and speeding.

Boga, who has previous arrests for operating a motor vehicle with intent to endanger, assault and battery and disorderly conduct, was approached at shortly after 1:00 am on Wednesday morning after two officers were dispatched on reports of a suspicious vehicle at the Shetland Park office complex in Salem. Both officers indicated in court they suspected the driver was suffering from an overdose based on the position he was sitting in. According to Salem Police Captain Fred Ryan, Boga subsequently "drove at them in a manner that they thought their lives were threatened."

"Officer Musto indicated that when he observed the defendant driving towards them, he didn't think he would be able to make it out of the way, drew his duty weapon and fired into the vehicle to attempt to stop the defendant from running he and Officer Canty over," Assistant District Attorney Mike Varone said in court.

Salem police officer Eric Gagnon subsequently followed the car into a nearby Wendy’s parking lot, where Boga fled on foot before jumping into the Salem Harbor.

“[Boga] decided at that point it wasn't a good idea to go into the water. Sgt. Gagnon assisted him out of the water, and he was placed under arrest," Ryan said. "He indicated he had been shot in the arm. Sgt. Gagnon observed the holes in his right shirt sleeve and his right forearm."

Varone said Boga was openly hostile when taken to Salem Hospital for treatment, telling one officer who tried to read him his rights to "go f__k yourself, pig.." Previous posts earlier in the month on his Facebook include “Hopefully i can register my car tomorrow like wtf man an if not I’m jus gonna drive it till they catch me bishhhhhh” and “People that work at the rmv are so f__king lucky they don’t get there heads punched in f__king sh_tbags.”

Boga is currently being held without bail until probable cause on November 4th.