North Smithfield police arrest Fall River man for assault, cruelty of neglect of a child

Police arrested Elijah Laferriere after he crashed his car into a tree following a high speed police chase with multiple departments.
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NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI (WLNE) – A Fall River man is facing a slew of criminal charges after a verbal argument with his girlfriend turned physical.

That verbal argument between Nicole Rodier and Elijah Laferriere, 25, turned physical with Laferriere forcibly removing Rodier and two infant children from his car by throwing them to the ground.

North Smithfield police say they were called to the area of Taco Bell at Dowling Village on Saturday, June 26 around 8 p.m. for a report of a woman standing in the road holding a baby in her arms.

When police arrived they made contact with Rodier. She told officers that she and Laferriere were in a verbal argument while they were driving in a vehicle on Eddie Dowling Highway.

During the argument, Laferriere who was driving the car, pulled the vehicle over and forcibly removed Rodier from the car by her hair and shirt, and threw her to the ground, according to police.

He then removed two infant car seats and threw them to the ground. One of the car seats had Rodier’s four month old baby strapped into it. Laferriere fled the scene prior to officers arriving.

Rodier suffered minor injuries and the child seat containing the baby landed on its side sparing the baby significant injury, police said.

There were witnesses that helped Rodier and her baby until police and rescue personnel arrived.

North Smithfield police obtained an arrest warrant for Laferriere and put out a BOLO for Laferriere on several domestic violence charges.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, June 27 Woonsocket police alerted North Smithfield police that they were in pursuit of a car being driven by Laferriere.

The pursuit entered into North Smithfield and their officers also joined in the pursuit.

Laferriere proceeded to drive on Rt. 146 South travelling through Lincoln, North Providence, Providence, and eventually into Cranston.

Once in Cranston, Laferriere lost control of his car and crashed into a tree and fence on Park Avenue.

His car continued onto Cliffdale Avenue and crashed into another tree before coming to a complete stop. He later taken into custody.

Laferriere is being held at the ACI and is expected to be arraigned Monday in court.

Laferriere was charged with:
1. Simple Assault Domestic
2. Disorderly Conduct Domestic
3. Cruelty of Neglect of a Child
4. Disorderly Conduct
5. Eluding Law Enforcement
6. Obstructing Officer in Execution of Duty
7. Possession of a Controlled Substance

North Smithfield police say he also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest from District Court on unrelated assault charges. Additional charges are pending.

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