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Springfield officer hit by car, suspect arrested at Sobriety Checkpoint following chase

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Two men were arrested around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning following a high-speed chase that injured one officer at a sobriety checkpoint.

About 1:00 a.m., Springfield police attempted to pull over a car who was driving recklessly near Chestnut and Liberty Streets.

The driver, later identified as 37 year-old Abismael Martinez of Nonotuck Ave. in Chicopee, pulled the vehicle over on Hebron Street where police found beer, a bottle of Hennessy and a plastic cup with liquor inside of it.

Martinez refused to get out of the car to take a sobriety test and sped off, striking two officers.

One of the officers, who was dragged several feet, required medical attention and is expected to be okay.

A chase ensued that went from Main Street and onto I-291 Eastbound where Martinez was clocked around 100 m.p.h.

Martinez got off Exit 5A off of 291 where he accidentally drove into a State Police Sobriety Checkpoint, marking the end of the high-speed pursuit.

Martinez, again, refused to get out of the car, but was able to be detained by local and state police.

The passenger of the vehicle, later identified as 35 year-old Jason Matos of Fenwick Street in Springfield, was arrested without an issue, but was charged with assault and battery.

Martinez did consent to a breathalyzer test, which showed that his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Martinez is facing several charges, including resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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