Police in Indian Orchard have repeatedly seen a go-kart racing through the streets, but were unable to catch up with the suspects until Monday night.
While officers have primarily seen the go-kart zipping around Hubbard and Parker streets, the driver led police to Centre Street about 10 p.m., according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
The driver parked the vehicle behind 244 Centre St. and he and two other men attempted to hide it under a kiddie pool. Police then left their cruisers and located the go-kart while on foot, Delaney said.
"Officers were confronted by three males who stated that they would fight the officers, and that in no way would they allow the police to take their go-kart," Delaney said.
One subject, later identified as 20-year-old Carlos Pesquera, yelled to the officers that he would rather see it burn than go with the cops, Delaney said.
That's when police called for backup.
They watched Pesquera chain lock his go-kart to his back porch and douse it with gasoline from a 5-gallon jug. He then attempted to light it up on the wooden porch, according to Delaney.
"The officers had to fight these three individuals to get them into custody and used pepper spray to quell their actions," Delaney said.
Police charged Pesquera, of 244 Centre St., Indian Orchard, with arson of a dwelling, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Kevin Oyola-Sanchez, 26, of 244 Centre St., was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested, according to an arrest report.
Delaney said there address has been the scene of numerous disturbances and problems in the neighborhood.
The suspects were scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court Tuesday.
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