Suspect punched after 2-state car chase to appear in court

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WORCESTER, MASS. >> The man charged with leading police on a 50-mile car chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire that ended with officers punching him as he appeared surrender is scheduled to appear in court.

Richard Simone Jr. is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Worcester on charges including larceny, failure to stop and assault and battery.

Authorities say the 50-year-old Worcester man, who was wanted on multiple warrants, refused to stop May 11 for police in Holden, Massachusetts. He's charged with leading a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

Helicopter video of his arrest in Nashua, New Hampshire, shows Simone getting down on all fours and officers then punching him. Two state troopers — one from Massachusetts, one from New Hampshire — were suspended.

It's not clear of Simone has a lawyer.


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