Bank robbery suspect leads police on chase, arrested
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A man was arrested after allegedly robbing a bank and leading police on a chase that started in North Andover and ended on Interstate 495 Tuesday.
It took stop sticks on the interstate and a stun gun, police say, to stop Terry Woodard.
Investigators say Woodard came into the TD Bank on Route 114 in North Andover just before 5 Tuesday night demanding cash.
“He went right to teller and demanded money,” said Chief Paul Gallagher, North Andover Police.
He took off in a red pickup truck. Police spotted him and tried to pull him over, but they say he wouldn't stop, leading police from various agencies through several towns.
“Notified the State Police, their air wing unit, the Newbury barracks. We’re heading into speeds of 40, 50, 60 mile an hour on Route 125 going into Haverhill,” Chief Gallagher said.
Witnesses say they saw the red pickup speeding along with a line of police cars close behind.
When Woodard still wouldn't pull over, police say they dropped stop sticks at interstate 495 and interstate 95. Woodard ended up spinning his car into the south bound lane -- and even then he tried to run.
“The vehicle did stop, he tried to escape. He was tazed by the Seabrook officer and we have recovered the stolen money,” Chief Gallagher said.
Woodard's truck was packed with gear and a small stack of license plates was in the front seat.
Woodard faces a number of charges including bank robbery and driving drunk. He is due in Lawrence District Court Wednesday morning.