Wanted suspect in custody after police chase, standoff on Mass Pike

A wanted man from Illinois has been captured by Massachusetts State Police following a chase...
A wanted man from Illinois has been captured by Massachusetts State Police following a chase that went from Charlton into Ludlow and then ended in a standoff on the Mass Pike in Stockbridge Wednesday morning.(Massachusetts State Police)
Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 9:15 AM EDT
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -- A wanted man from Illinois has been captured by Massachusetts State Police following a chase that went from Charlton into Ludlow and then ended in a standoff on the Mass Pike in Stockbridge Wednesday morning.

MA State Police have identified the man as 48-year-old, Kevin Oldaker, from Poplar Grove, IL.

The pursuit began at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday with MassDOT reporting at one point that both I-90 Westbound and Eastbound had been closed. This was in the area of Lee and West Stockbridge. Traffic was then diverted off the highway.

Western Mass News first learned about the incident at about 8 a.m.

According to State Police, Oldaker was driving a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor that had been reported stolen out of Biddeford, Maine.

State Police report the pursuit began shortly after a Trooper located the the stolen vehicle at the Charlton Service Plaza on the westbound side of the Mass Pike.

“The Trooper located the male driver sleeping (in) the back seat; the man refused to unlock the doors of the car... 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,” said State Police representative, David Procopio.

That’s when the pursuit began with multiple Troopers chasing him in the vehicle.

“Oldaker utilized crossovers to evade cruisers in Chicopee and again in Ludlow. He exited the Turnpike in Ludlow, then re-entered the highway continuing west,” Procopio explained.

State Police tell us Oldaker “refused to stop” and that he ended up hitting a tire deflation device deployed by Troopers which caused the vehicle to have a flat tire.

“The pursuit continued until the suspect stopped in Stockbridge, approximately three miles from the New York line. Oldaker again refused to exit the vehicle and a brief standoff ensued,” added Procopio.

Ultimately negotiators were able to successfully remove Oldaker from the vehicle peacefully and we’re told he surrendered around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Police standoff on Mass Pike
Police standoff on Mass Pike(Massachusetts State Police)

State Police provided the image of the scene above which was taken by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.

Procopio reported that Oldaker is wanted on 2 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.”

We’re told he is still being processed on the warrant charges and on new charges from today’s chase

This is a breaking news story. Stay with Western Mass News for the latest updates on-air and online.