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Motorcyclist pleads not guilty to pursuit charges

WAKEFIELD — A Massachusetts man who police in Charlestown and Westerly say engaged them in a high-speed motorcycle pursuit pleaded not guilty to charges at his arraignment before Judge Madeline Quirk in Fourth Division District Court Friday.

Joshua P. Gingras, 29, of Charleton, Mass., pleaded not guilty to a Westerly misdemeanor charge of eluding police in a high-speed pursuit and reckless driving. Police said he reached speeds in excess of 80 mph in Westerly and 110 mph in Charlestown.

Westerly Police Lt. Phil Williams said Gingras was one of about 20 motorcyclists traveling in the Misquamicut area when police attempted to stop him. The chase began on Shore Road and continued to Route 1 and then into Charlestown. Westerly broke off the pursuit as Gingras entered Charlestown, where the traffic was heavy.

When Charlestown tried to stop Gingras, they said he sped up and as the speeds increased, they held back the pursuit.

Gingras entered Ninigret Park in Charlestown where police blocked both entrance/exit areas and apprehended him.

On Friday, he was released on a promise to appear for his pretrial hearing on June 27. He is scheduled to appear for Charlestown’s arraignment on Thursday.

— A.J. Algier



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