Massachusetts State Police Arrest Violent Fugitive After Western Mass Pursuit

Photo Credit: Massachusetts State Police

By Eryk Castro –

A violent fugitive wanted in Maine and Illinois was arrested by Massachusetts State Police after an early Wednesday morning pursuit on the Mass Pike. 

It all started after an alert State Trooper located a stolen vehicle at the Charlton Service Plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound. Massachusetts State Police said Kevin Oldaker, 48, of Poplar Grove, Illinois was sleeping in the backseat. “Refused to unlock the doors of the car, 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 Turnpike. The Trooper initiated pursuit of the stolen vehicle,” MSP said.

Oldaker utilized crossovers to evade cruisers in Chicopee and again in Ludlow. MSP said he exited the Turnpike in Ludlow, then re-entered the highway continuing west. 

Oldaker eventually hit a tire deflation device deployed by Troopers, causing a flat tire. The pursuit continued until Oldaker stopped in Stockbridge, approximately three miles from the New York line. 

MSP said “Oldaker again refused to exit the vehicle and a brief standoff ensued. Oldaker 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.

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