Police arrest Mass. driver after road rage incident

HUDSON – A Massachusetts man was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges stemming from a road rage incident after police say he kicked another car’s door and eventually crashed into two vehicles.

Officers with the Hudson Police Department arrested James Burke, 35, of Pepperell, Mass., shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and charged him with DWI, conduct after an accident, reckless operation, criminal mischief, criminal threatening and reckless conduct.

Officers say Burke exited his vehicle at the intersection of the Circumferential Highway and Lowell Road and approached a vehicle operated by a 21-year-old Hudson man, who was accompanied by his 20-year-old girlfriend and five-month-old child. They told police Burke punched the window of the vehicle and kicked the driver’s door before returning to his vehicle after the victim attempted to flee the area.

Police say Burke then followed the victim south on Lowell Road, operating in an erratic manner; he passed the victim’s vehicle, pulled in front of them and stopped abruptly. Officers say Burke reportedly crashed his vehicle into the victim’s car and fled the scene, travelling northbound on Lowell Road.

Upon reaching the intersection of Lowell and Wason roads, Burke crashed his vehicle into another stopped car, according to Hudson police.

Burke was subsequently taken into custody and had bail set at $5000 cash. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 23 in a Nashua courtroom.