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Emotionally distraught person taken to hospital for evaluation after erratic moped operation

DANVERS — A 28-year-old man has been brought to Massachusetts General Hospital by State Police for evaluation after driving a moped erratically for close to two hours Thursday morning.

Danvers Police attempted to stop the man, who reportedly had a knife and had threatened to harm himself, at approximately 9 a.m. He was later seen in the area of Centennial Drive in Peabody on the 2019 Yamaha YW50 moped, then soon after was spotted driving north on the southbound side of Route 95. He got onto Route 114 eastbound and state police cruisers began following, without lights and not in pursuit, state police said. 

The driver continued into Middleton, sometimes driving on the wrong side of the road. Police did not pursue the moped but positioned themselves to protect other motorists, including by blocking intersections and side streets to prevent collisions. The State Police Air Wing provided support and location information of the moped, state police said. 

The moped operator got onto Route 28 in Stoneham, then onto Route 93. He exited the highway on Mystic Avenue in Medford, where he was stopped and apprehended at approximately 10:50 a.m. and transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A State Police cruiser and a personal vehicle sustained damage from the moped during the incident.

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