Man pursued by State Police crashes car into Sterling house

A Fitchburg man is facing charges after allegedly leading State Police on a high-speed car chase in Sterling that ended when he crashed his car into an empty house.

Jarrod A. Lamore, 21, was arraigned in Leominster District Court today on numerous charges, including operating without a license, failure to stop for police, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a State Police statement said.

Bail was set at $5,000, but he is also being held for violating probation on a previous charge. He will appear in court again Friday for further arraignment.

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At 7:57 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper attempted to stop Lamore, who was speeding in a vehicle on Interstate 190, the statement said. Lamore exited the highway onto Leominster Road and continued fleeing at a high speed until he lost control of the car and crashed into 274 Leominster Road.

David Skaife, who works across the street from 274 Leominster Rd. at New England Truck Design, said nobody has lived in the home for quite a while.

“There’s a good section of the house that’s caved right in,” Skaife said. “It looks like a little add-on to the side of house is gone.”

Lamore fled the vehicle on foot. A 22-year-old female passenger who sustained injuries that were not believe to be life-threatening injuries remained behind, the statement said.

Before she was transported to Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, the passenger incorrectly identified the driver of the car to troopers. But she is not being charged with any crime at this time, State Police said.

Lamore was found just over an hour later with the help of a K-9 unit. He was hiding under the stairs of a barn on Pratt Junction Road, the statement said.