- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A man suspected of stealing a taxi in Watertown has pleaded not guilty to several charges after state police say he led them on a high-speed, 70-mile chase all the way to Springfield.

Police say 29-year-old Welbert Nasser of Woburn was arrested early Monday morning after ditching the cab and trying to run. He was arraigned later in Framingham District Court on charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, and speeding. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police said the pursuit began shortly after 3:30 a.m. in Ashland after a trooper saw a cab that had been reported stolen on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The chase reached speeds up to 100 mph until police were able to puncture one of Nasser’s tires. The chase then continued at lower speeds on Interstate 291.

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