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An image from the State Police Air Wing show cruisers surrounding a vehicle in the westbound lane of the MassPike.

State Police Chase on MassPike Ends With Suspect in Custody

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Image from the Air Wing prior to the suspect's surrender.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — State Police shut down a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Wednesday in pursuit of a car allegedly stolen by an Illinois man.
The chase started at about 7:30 and ended with suspect is in custody as of 9:20 a.m.
Authorities tweeted out updates after closing the westbound lane and then the eastbound lane near Exit 3 around 8:30. Images from the State Police Air Wing showed numerous cruisers surrounding a vehicle. Negotiators were being brought in but the suspect exited the car and surrendered. 
According a release, Kevin Oldaker, 48, of Poplar Grove, Ill., is being held on numerous charges, including a warrant for a sexual assault in Illinois. State Police expect to update this information later Wednesday. 
A trooper assigned to the Charlton barracks located a vehicle at about 7:24 a.m. at the westbound Charlton Service Plaza that had been reported stolen out of Biddeford, Maine. The trooper located the man sleeping the back seat and said the man refused to unlock the doors of the sport utility vehicle, a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor. The man began moving around inside the vehicle and said he could not find his keys. He then suddenly turned the ignition on and drove away westbound on the MassPike with the trooper in pursuit, according to authorities.
The suspect refused to stop and utilized crossovers to evade cruisers in Chicopee and again in Ludlow. He exited the turnpike in Ludlow, then re-entered the highway continuing west.
The suspect eventually hit a tire-deflation device deployed by troopers, causing a flat tire. The pursuit continued until the suspect stopped in Stockbridge, approximately three miles from the New York line. He again refused to exit the vehicle and a brief standoff ensued. He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m.
Oldaker is wanted on two extraditable warrants, one out of Maine issued last week charging him with violent stalking and one out of Illinois from February 2014 charging him with home invasion and sex assault.
Complete write-thru and update at 1:08 p.m.

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