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RICHMOND — A Massachusetts man is facing DUI charges after police said he fled officers at a high rate of speed before parking his car on a side street and reclining the seat in an effort to elude arrest.

Richmond police on Tuesday arrested 31-year-old Lawrence Dasilva, of Sciuate, Mass., on charges of driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, reckless driving, and failure to submit to a chemical test. He was also cited with laned roadway violations.

A police report said Richmond dispatchers received a call at about 12:25 a.m. reporting an erratic driver along Kingstown Road and providing a description of the car and its license plate number. The caller followed the car to Meadowbrook Road and reported that it had turned there.

An officer found the vehicle on Pine Haven Drive and activated his lights and sirens. Police said Dasilva accelerated at high speed and quickly turned out of view of the officer.

Officers searched the area and found Dasilva's car parked on nearby Whispering Pines Road with the lights off. Police said Dasilva had lowered the back of his seat in an effort to avoid detection.

Dasilva showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test before being taken into custody. Police said he refused to consent to a breathalyzer test at the Richmond Police Department.

According to court records, Dasilva was released on a promise to appear for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court on April 11.

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