Suspect arrested after high-speed chase was on probation for a series of crimes


Thanh Le was arrested following a high-speed chase that resulted in a four-car crash.

A man who recently pleaded guilty to a five-month crime spree around Fields Corner was back in court on Wednesday following a high-speed chase that resulted in a four-car crash, the district attorney said. Suffolk County, Kevin Hayden, in a statement.

Thanh Le, 50, pleaded guilty less than two weeks ago to charges including receiving a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, theft, possession of a class B substance and other offenses committed during the crime spree.

The plea resolved six different criminal cases in the Dorchester Division of Boston City Court, the district attorney said.

Prosecutors had wanted Le to be sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of probation, during which he would have to undergo treatment for substance use disorders, a mental health evaluation and any other treatment deemed necessary, Hayden said. Le was also reportedly subjected to random screenings to ensure he remained drug and alcohol free.

Judge Jonathan Tynes instead sentenced Lee to three years probation and two years in the reformatory, suspended for a probationary period of three years, the district attorney said. It included all of the probation terms recommended by prosecutors.

On Wednesday, following a mental health assessment, Le was indicted for receiving stolen motor vehicle and other offenses after being arrested at the scene of a multi-car accident on Morrissey Boulevard and Freeport Street Tuesday morning.

“Less than two weeks ago, we recommended Le’s incarceration because his aberrant behavior posed an immediate and ongoing threat to the Fields Corner community,” Hayden said. “The presiding judge disagreed. Now Le is back in court after an extremely dangerous high-speed chase.

“My office will always put public safety first,” the district attorney continued. “We are also committed to working with our partners to ensure those incarcerated have access to services and supports to ensure they exit the system better equipped to succeed than when they entered.”

Le was arrested after a Massachusetts State Trooper noticed a gray Toyota Camry driving the wrong way on an exit ramp on I-93 north, Hayden noted.

His face was reportedly covered by a ski mask and sunglasses. The officer quickly discovered that the license plate matched that of a vehicle reported stolen in the area of ​​St. Williams Street and Dorchester Avenue on June 7.

Amid the high-speed chase, Le missed a turn, rolled onto a curb and hit another vehicle, authorities said. After getting out of the car and running towards her on foot, Le reportedly stopped and turned to look at the soldier “while holding a glass pipe in one hand and hiding his other hand in his pocket”, said the prosecutor.

Le was shocked and taken to an area hospital, before being taken into custody, Hayden said.

Police are still investigating the June 7 carjacking.

Le, represented by Shannon Dale, returns to court on July 5 for a bail hearing.

State Police shared updates on Twitter amid the car and foot chase earlier this week that caused damage to at least your other cars:

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