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2 towns charge man in police chase


WESTERLY — The Ashaway man who was pursued by the police through two towns and then slammed head-on into a police cruiser has been charged with nine offenses.

Michael D. Roberts, 37, of 31 High St., fled from Hopkinton police after being stopped on Route 3 by Officer Keith Lambrects, who was familiar with Roberts and knew he had a suspended license. The police said he gave Lambrects a false name and could not produce a license, and then fled in his vehicle, a 1994 Pontiac that was registered to another person at the same address.

As Lambrects gave chase on Ashaway Road, Westerly officers joined in the chase. Roberts drove through the north end area of Westerly, finally crossing the center line and crashing into a Hopkinton SUV being driven by Sgt. Ryan Percival, who was coming from the opposite direction on upper Canal Street, the authorities said.

Police removed Roberts from his vehicle and had him handcuffed behind his back and seated on the ground as they awaited Westerly ambulance personnel.

He was taken to the Westerly Hospital as a precaution, said Ambulance Capt. Bethany Gingerella. He was later released, officials said.

Westerly police have charged Roberts with reckless driving-eluding officer with motor vehicle in a high-speed pursuit; reckless driving; driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, blood alcohol content unknown, second offense; driving after suspension/revocation of license; and refusal to submit to a chemical test to determine intoxication.

Westerly Police Chief Edward A. St. Clair said officers continue to work on the case and there could be more charges based on the investigation and completion of Roberts’ criminal background history.

Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer said charges from his department thus far include obstruction of an officer; reckless driving; eluding a police officer and operating on a suspended license.

More charges could follow depending on the results of their investigation, he said.

The chief said the department’s SUV sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Roberts is scheduled to be arraigned in 4th Division District Court in Wakefield on Friday, June 13.



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