At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011, Lowell Police officers arrested Luke Hammond, 23, of Coventry, Rhode Island. Hammond was arrested during a motor vehicle stop on Pawtucket Street at Walker Street and charged with Operating a Vehicle Without a License and Possession of a Class D Controlled Substance (marijuana) With Intent to Distribute.
While the officers were awaiting the prisoner transportation vehicle, Hammond escaped from custody and jumped into the Merrimack River, which is in close proximity to the arrest location. A search for Hammond was conducted by the Lowell PD, Lowell Fire Department – Dive Team, and a State Police helicopter. At approximately 7:45 p.m., divers located Hammond approximately 15 feet from shore. Hammond was transported to Lowell General Hospital and later pronounced dead.
This incident remains under investigation, by the Lowell PD, Massachusetts State Police, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.