Dartmouth man accused of pointing assault rifle at troopers during multi-state chase

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WLNE) — A Dartmouth man is accused of pointing an assault rifle at state troopers during a multi-state chase.

Massachusetts State Police said New Bedford police tried stopping Ian Grant at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said Grant, 36, was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant out of New Bedford District Court for assault and intimidation of a witness.

Grant fled from officers and made his way to Interstate 95, said police. Three Massachusetts state troopers set up a tire deflation device on I-95 in Westport, near Route 88.

Troopers spotted the white pickup truck Grant was driving just before 11:30 a.m.

“Grant drove into the median at the troopers,” said police. The troopers then “discharged their duty weapon(s).”

However, police said the truck kept going and hit two cruisers before continuing west on I-95 into oncoming traffic.

That’s when troopers stopped chasing the truck because of the “wrong-way operation.”

Grant eventually made his way into Jamestown, Charlestown, and Westerly. During that time, Rhode Island State Police said Grant pointed an assault rifle out the truck’s window.

Shortly after, the suspect entered Connecticut.

Troopers were eventually able to stop the 36-year-old in North Stonington, where his truck crashed into a tree.

Connecticut and Rhode Island state troopers surrounded the truck and tried to negotiate with Grant. At about 2 p.m., a tactical team took Grant into custody.

Early Wednesday, the 36-year-old’s Prospect Street home caught fire, police said.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, authorities told ABC 6 News that Grant is believed to have set his home on fire.

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