Suspects Captured After Search Through Swamp

Tewksbury officers get help from State Police and Billerica K9 in tracking down men who fled after traffic stop.

Two men will be arraigned in Lowell District Court Friday morning after leading police on a chase through swampy terrain off Whipple Road Thursday night.

Justin Halloran, 30, and Alexander Sousa, 25, face multiple charges, including possession of Class D and Class C drugs, according to Tewskbury Police Lt. Scott Gaynor.

The incident began just after 7:30 p.m., said Gaynor, when Det. Dennis Patterson spotted a vehicle being driven by Halloran. A records check indicated that Halloran was driving with a suspended license and Peterson, along with Officer Albert Piccolo, tried to pull the vehicle over near the Town Common.

Rather than pull over, Halloran allegedly hit the gas and drove up Pleasant Street, turning right onto Whipple Road. According to Gaynor, Halloran then turned right onto Marston Street and nearly struck a jogger. After turning onto Cinnamon Circle,  he stopped and he and a passenger, later identified as Sousa, jumped out of the car and fled into the woods.

It was familiar territory for Halloran who, according to records, lives at 83 Cinnamon Circle.

Knowing the type of terrain the suspects were heading into, Tewksbury Police immediately called for support from Billerica's K9 unit, as well as the State Police Airwing helicopter.

Gaynor said the suspects were tracked down through combined efforts, including help from several residents, who called into Police Headquarters, reporting two shirtless men running through their property.

According to Gaynor, both men sustained minor injuries, as they tried to elude capture by going through swampy terrain located behind the residential neighborhoods.

"That's not a good place to be, back there," said Gaynor.

Halloran is charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer, possession of a Class D substance, possession of a Class C substance and three outstanding warrants. A warrant out of Dorchester District Court is for operating with a suspended license; a warrant out of Lowell District Court is for receiving stolen property; and a warrant out of Lynn District Court is for Larceny.

Sousa is charged with possession of a Class C substance, possession of a Class D substance, disturbing the peace and trespassing.


Cheryl June 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM
I'm so glad they were caught! We had the police officers, dogs, and helicopters all around our street & back yard. I will say I'm really impressed with Tewksbury Police these days, they have so much going on. I want to thank them for doing such a wonderful job at keeping and making us all feel safe in this crazy world. Thank You to the Patch who always keeps us informed and up to date on whats happening in and around our town.
denise June 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Where were these wonderful charming fellas from!? Thank you to the Police keeping us safe from these creeps!
Dan June 17, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Suspended license, and fleeing, not to mention Almost hitting someone...These idiots need some Jail time!!!
Tess June 17, 2011 at 04:40 PM
WE are so shorthanded in police personal that Wilmington handled a family trouble call on Carter st during this incident.
Karyn June 17, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Hope the mosquitoes had a feast during the idiots' run through the swamp!
Ronald June 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM
TPD, kicking butt again. Evenb though these guys and gals haven't seen a raise or going to, they keep doing a great job!


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