Ludlow Police arrest man accused of striking a pedestrian, causing a 3-car collision and escaping by swimming

LUDLOW – A Connecticut man faces multiple charges after he allegedly hit a pedestrian, caused a three-car collision while trying to flee the scene and then swam across the Chicopee River to escape the second crash.

Andrew J. Milne, 39, of Stafford Springs, was identified after an investigation and later turned himself into Ludlow Police. He was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Tuesday on three counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, two counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, resisting arrest, reckless operation and multiple motor vehicle violations, Police Chief Daniel J. Valadas said.

Milne is accused of striking a female pedestrian with his truck on Sept. 20 at the intersection of Cady and West streets. The victim was taken to Baystate Medical Center by Ludlow firefighter paramedics and was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

He sped away after the crash in a gray Chevrolet Silverado. About a quarter-mile away, the truck collided with two other vehicles at the intersection of West Street and West Avenue. One occupant was injured but none of the passengers or drivers in that crash were taken to the hospital, Valadas said.

Witnesses to the second crash reported the driver of the truck jumped out and ran toward Springfield. Shortly after officers spotted a man swimming in the Chicopee River, he said.

“A search involving the Ludlow Police K-9 ensued but the suspect swam to Indian Orchard and he narrowly evaded capture and arrest,” Valadas said.

Milne left the truck running at the scene of the second crash. Investigators later identified him through the truck, information left in the vehicle and witnesses at the scene of the crash, Valadas said.

Springfield Police, the Massachusetts State Police and the Ludlow Fire Department assisted Ludlow officers at the crash and in the search, he said.


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