WARWICK - 18 year old Jashua Mercado's face was mostly hidden behind a mass of dark hair in Kent County court on Friday. He plead not guilty to the charges against him.
He was arrested after a hit-and-run with a stolen vehicle in Pawtucket yesterday, which resulted in a car chase into Cranston.
In court Friday, Mercado faced 6 charges: operating a stolen car (a felony), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a felony), driving in a reckless manor, 3 counts of hit-and-run, operating without a license, and resisting arrest.
He will also be charged by the Pawtucket Police Department with Felony Assault.
Mercado is accused of driving the stolen car during the hit and run before running down Pawtucket Police Officer Mark Ramos, who was trying to stop him on the sidewalk. Police say Ramos shot at the car but did not hit Mercado.
Then police say a chase ensued down 95 South into Cranston.
"The vehicle continued to drive recklessly through the city,
struck three vehicles, one of which was a school bus which did have children on
it," said Cranston Prosecutor Tom Pariseault.
Mercado is being held on $75,000 bail.
He currently lives in Pawtucket
with his mother.
Members of his family, including his father and uncle, were
present in court today but they declined to comment.