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Man facing chase charge fails to show


WESTERLY — An Ashaway man who police say was intoxicated when pursued by police through two towns on June 4 before crashing his 1994 Pontiac into a Hopkinton cruiser on Canal Street failed to appear for his arraignment in 4th Division District Court.

Michael D. Roberts, 37, of 31 High St., was not in court for his arraignment on June 13, prompting Judge Madeline Quirk to issue a warrant for his arrest on Westerly police charges related to the incident.

The judge ordered that he be held without bail if arrested.

Westerly police charged Roberts with reckless driving/eluding a officer on a high-speed motor-vehicle 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.

Roberts, injured in the crash, was initially taken to The Westerly Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital where he is said to have left the facility.

Roberts was initially stopped on Ashaway Road by Hopkinton Police Officer Keith Lambrects, who was familiar with Roberts and was aware that his license had been suspended. Police said he provided a false name and could not produce a license and the car was not register to him.

He then fled the scene eventually crashing into a Hopkinton SUV being driven by Officer Ryan Percival, who was driving in the opposite direction.

Hopkinton charges include obstruction of an officer; reckless driving; eluding a police officer and operating with a suspended license. He has not been scheduled to appear in court on those charges to date.

— A.J. Algier



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