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Mass. man arrested in Hudson road rage

February 16. 2017 1:50PM

HUDSON - A Pepperell, Mass., man allegedly rammed a car occupied by a family of three in a road rage incident Tuesday on the Circumferential Highway. He later crashed into another car, police said.

Police arrested James Burke, 35, about 6:30 p.m. on a charge of DWI, conduct after an accident, reckless operation, criminal mischief, criminal threatening and reckless conduct.

Police said the incident happened at the Circumferential Highway and Lowell Road, where Burke allegedly got out of his car and approached a vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Hudson man. Burke allegedly punched the window and kicked the driver's door. Inside the car with the 21-year-old was his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 5-month-old child.

When the man attempted to drive away, police said, Burke went back to his car and followed him south on Lowell Road.

Burke allegedly was driving erratically, pulling in front of the Hudson man's vehicle and then stopping abruptly.

Burke allegedly crashed his car into the other man's vehicle and then fled the scene, heading in the opposite direction on Lowell Road.

When he reached the intersection of Lowell and Wason roads, police said, Burke hit another car. Police arrested Burke and took him to the police station where he was booked. Bail was set at $500 cash. Burke is to be arraigned Feb. 23 in 9th Circuit Court-Nashua.

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