A car crashed and burst into flames Monday afternoon on Route 1 in Lynnfield after a pursuit by Peabody and State Police, officials said.
The suspect, whose identity has yet to be released, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries, said Peabody police spokesman Captain Dennis Bonaiuto.
At about 12:08 p.m., a Peabody officer saw a vehicle operating erratically on Main Street in Peabody and tried to pull it over on Lowell Street, Bonaiuto said.
The car continued onto the Route 128 South on-ramp, deflating “one or two” tires when it hit the curb, Bonaiuto said.
The vehicle continued onto Route 128 South at a more “moderate rate of speed,” he said.
“But because of the tires, they couldn’t keep up with the speed of the other cars on the road,” Bonaiuto said. “They still didn’t pull over.”
The suspect was chased by Peabody police with the assistance of troopers, according to State Police.
After getting onto Route 1 southbound, the suspect drove into the Lynnfield Tunnel, with the car eventually wedging against the guardrail on its own just south of the tunnel, Bonaiuto said.
The driver wasn’t able to get out before the car caught on fire, he said, but officers were able to eventually pull the suspect out before they were medflighted to the Boston hospital.
All lanes were open on Route 1 and the crash site was cleared, State Police tweeted at 2:30 p.m.
State Police said they will handle the crash investigation and Peabody police will handle charges against the suspect.
The incident remains under investigation.
This is a developing story and will be updated.