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Second Arrest Made In Assault Leading To Crash

Sep 07, 2015 12:02PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Department.

A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a drug deal gone horribly wrong, leading to a rollover crash last month on Route 38.
James Hembree, 26, of 749 North St., Tewksbury, was arraigned in Lowell District Court last week and held on $2,000 cash after pleading not guilty to unarmed assault with intent to rob and strangulation.
The charges stem from an incident that took place Tuesday, Aug. 25. According to the victim in the case, Hembree and a second man, 
James Perry, 26, of 21 Secor Way in Tewksbury, lured him to Tewksbury to sell marijuana. He was then beaten and choked unconscious by the two men while he was operating his vehicle, causing the crash.
Hembree and Perry allegedly fled the scene of the crash, which took place near the former Gold' Gym building, 540 Main St. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Perry was arrested shortly after the accident and was arraigned and held on $750 cash bail.
Hembree was turned in by the mother of his child, who called police and told them she had just dropped off her son for a court ordered visit with Hembree. She told police where to find him and said she knew he had outstanding warrants.
Both Perry and Hembree are due back in court Sept. 25.
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