Two CT men facing charges for dual-state chase, fraudulent use of credit cards
By: News Staff
SEEKNONK, M.A. (WLNE) — Two Connecticut men are facing numerous charges after a dual-state police chase Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Seekonk Police Department, Brandan Howell, 29, of Waterbury C.T., and Christopher Williams, 25, of New Britain, C.T., were arrested in East Providence after crashing into signage at the Highland Commons.
Prior to the collision, officers were monitoring Howell and Williams around 2:38 p.m., in the area of Commerce Way because it was believed both were using fraudulent credit cards to purchase large amounts of gift cards.
Upon being approached by detectives, they were ordered to stop where they were, but both Howell and Williams ignored the command and began to flee in their vehicle.
While pursing the men on “Commerce Way, the suspect vehicle purposely drove at a Seekonk Police vehicle, fortunately, the Detective was able to counter-maneuver in order to avoid a collision,” said Seekonk Police Lieutenant Matthew Jardine.
“The pursuit continued on Route 6, westbound, and eventually crossed into East Providence, RI. Shortly after crossing the state line, the suspect vehicle lost control, exited the roadway and collided into signage at the Highland Commons.”
Howell and Williams then fled on foot and were pursued by Seekonk Police, and with assistance from the East Providence Police Department, both suspects were apprehended.
Authorities say Howell and Williams will be extradited back to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to face the following charges:
1. Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Over $250
2. Larceny by False Pretense Over $250
3. Conspiracy to Commit Felony
6. Fail to Stop for Police
7. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
8. Operate Motor Vehicle as to Endanger
9. Other traffic offenses
“The Seekonk Police Department is continually grateful for its working relationship with the East Providence Police Department and thanks them for their assistance with this incident,” added Lt. Jardine.