STURBRIDGE – Massachusetts State Police yesterday morning arrested a New York state man after clocking him going 100 mph during a speed enforcement patrol. The arrest followed a motor vehicle pursuit on Route 84 eastbound in Sturbridge.
After using a LIDAR gun to acquire the speed of a passing gray Toyota Camry at 100 mph, Trooper Luis DeJesus, who is assigned to the Sturbridge Barracks, signaled the vehicle to pull over while standing outside of his cruiser. Instead, the operator of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed down Route 84 eastbound.
Trooper DeJesus pursued and caught up with the Camry when the vehicle came to a stop at the Sturbridge toll plaza. The operator, ANTONIO BETANCOURT, 59, of Freeport, N.Y., was arrested and taken into custody. He is being charged for speeding and failure to stop for a police officer. His bail was set at $100.
LIDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging, and is a system that State Police, along with RADAR, to measure vehicles’ speed. LIDAR guns resemble RADAR guns.