- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A man charged with running down a Massachusetts police officer apologized and said he never meant to strike the officer, blaming drug use for his actions.

Matthew Ostrander was ruled a danger and ordered held without bail for four months at a hearing Thursday.

The 47-year-old Ostrander faces 17 charges including assault to murder in connection with a chase Saturday in which Auburn Officer Luis Santos was hurt.

Police say Ostrander was being pursued because he was a suspect in a housebreak and was driving 60 mph when he struck the officer as he was deploying tire-deflation devices.

Santos suffered a concussion and a broken leg and is now recovering at home.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2lqNjkn ) reports that Ostrander’s attorney submitted 19 letters from friends and relatives describing Ostrander as warm and loving.

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