Environmental Management officer involved in chase that consisted of three crashes in Narragansett

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) — A Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management police officer was injured during a chase in Narragansett Tuesday morning.

Michael Healey, a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Management, said an employee approached a woman at about 10:30 a.m., who was parked illegally in a car on Great Island Road.

Healey said the woman in the car flipped off the employee and that employee called for a DEM officer.

The officer was able to find the woman’s car just after 11 a.m. and when she spotted the officer, the spokesman said the woman fled and a chase began.

Healey said the woman made an U-turn on Galilee Escape Road and intentionally rammed the officer’s truck.

The Department of Environmental Management said a good Samaritan and a Narragansett police officer then joined the chase and both of their vehicles were hit by the woman’s vehicle.

The spokesman said that the chase came to an end after the woman’s car caught fire after being boxed in by the other vehicles.

A DEM employee and a bystander pulled the woman from the car and she was taken to South County Hospital, Healey said.

The Department of Environmental Management officer suffered a minor injury to his wrist.

Healey said that the department will pursue felony charges against the woman and are working with the the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.

Narragansett police will be handling the traffic violations.

The name of the woman was not immediately released.

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