Man charged after fleeing police; causing fiery crash

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Cranston Police made an arrest in a fiery crash that happened just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Richard Gobern, 29, of Woonsocket, RI, was found hiding behind a home at Roland Avenue and Franklin Avenue after fleeing on foot following the crash.

Police observed a 2017 Jeep Compass operating erratically in the area of Laurel Hill Avenue and Farmington Avenue.

The Jeep continued traveling on Maplewood Avenue in an attempt to flee from police when it attempted to crossover Laurel Hill Avenue at a high rate of speed and struck another vehicle.

After striking the vehicle, Gobern’s jeep hit a wall head on and burst into flames.

All involved including the three females in the car with Gobern, the driver of the vehicle that was hit, and Gobern were transported to Rhode Island hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Gobern was arraigned Friday on charges of reckless driving and eluding police.

According to police, Gobern was also wanted on a warrant for Domestic Strangulation and had a suspended license at the time of the crash.

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