An alleged hit and run leads to an officer involved shooting and a car chase ending several communities away.
Pawtucket Police say a hit and run happened around 2:20 PM. Thursday on East Ave. A short time later the stolen car was later spotted in the area of Pleasant and John Streets. Police say an officer there was outside his cruiser on the sidewalk trying to stop the suspect when the driver headed right for the officer. That's when the officer shot his gun to stop the driver, according to police. The suspect got away on 95 south and was later tracked down to Arcadia Ave in Cranston. "I heard the loud sirens of the police," said Hadassah Duplan.
Fourteen-year-old Hadassah Duplan was home alone doing school work when she heard the chase end right outside her house.
"It was really scary because I didn't know what was going on and I was really nervous, my mom wasn't home at the time," said Duplan.
Paul Fields also lives on Arcadia Ave. he was surprised a chase ended on his dead end street. "There is a sign that says dead end back there, but you know apparently we're not dealing with scholars here," said Fields.
Cranston police have arrested and charged the driver, Jashua Mercado, 18, of Pawtucket, with various criminal offenses. He was charged with Felony Assault by Pawtucket Police.
The officer involved is Pawtucket Officer Mark Ramos. He has been with the Police Department since 2006.