By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
August 11. 2018 12:08PM
Thomas Holland, 32, faces attempted carjacking and resisting arrest along with firearm and drug charges following his arrest after a high-speed chase through southeastern Massachusetts towns. (NH Department of Corrections)
NORTON, Mass. — Wanted for a September 2017 shooting in Manchester, N.H., a Taunton man was taken into custody after a harrowing chase through two towns Friday night.
Thomas Holland, 32, was finally arrested standing in the middle lane of Interstate 495 in Norton when the car he was fleeing in as a passenger was halted by traffic, damaged from multiple collisions with police vehicles.
Holland has been a wanted fugitive since he was bailed out after a Sept. 7, 2017, shooting at 170 Amherst St. in Manchester. After the shooting, Manchester SWAT units closed Amherst Street between Pine and Union streets and found Holland hiding in a rooming house.
On Friday, troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section located Holland with the help of Norton and Raynham police detectives.
At 4:45 p.m., troopers and local detectives spotted Holland and a woman driver, Brittany Pasternak of Somerset, Mass., in a Norton motel parking lot.
Police boxed in the car but Pasternak was able to get way by backing into one marked cruiser and crashing into a Norton detective’s unmarked vehicle, police said. After the ramming, Pasternak drove right at another police vehicle before getting on Route 495 South, they said.
Pasternak traveled from lane to lane at high speed and getting off and then back onto the interstate during the chase, police allege.
When traffic got congested and slowed on Route 495, Holland jumped out and tried to get into other vehicles. That’s when police converged on Holland and he was arrested, police said.
Holland is facing firearms and drug charges along with the fugitive warrant and new charges of resisting arrest and attempted carjacking.
In Massachusetts, Holland was wanted for waving a firearm at people in Taunton on June 2 and kicking in the door of an apartment trying to evade arrest in that incident, police said. He was also under investigation for a large quantity of crack cocaine Danvers police found in a motel that Holland had just fled on Aug. 1, they said.
Holland was arrested for the Taunton incident in June after police found him hiding in the shower of an apartment he forcibly entered. After Holland made bail on that June offense, he failed to show up for his arraignment, police said.
Pasternak was arrested Friday night for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property.