UPDATE: Scituate Police searching for suspect who attempted to hit officer with car
By News Staff
SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) – Scituate Police are seeking the help of the public to identify a man wanted for assaulting an officer Friday night.
Police said officers were notified just after 8:00 p.m. Saturday of a vehicle last seen fleeing from Foster Police officers on Route 116 traveling southbound at a high speed.
A Scituate Police officer posted in the area of Route 116 and Route 14 responded, traveling north on Route 116 in an attempt to intercept the suspect vehicle.
Upon locating the suspect vehicle, the officer made a U-turn and activated his emergency lights, after which the suspect accelerated in an attempt to evade the officer.
As the suspect vehicle crossed through the intersection of Routes 116 and 14, the operator lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence and sign.
The Scituate officer parked his cruiser behind the suspect to conduct a felony car stop and exited the vehicle with his firearm drawn. Police said the suspect initially complied with the officer’s commands before suddenly shifting the vehicle into reverse and driving directly at the officer.
At this point, Police said, the officer fired his weapon at the suspect vehicle and was able to avoid being struck by the vehicle.
The suspect then drove west from the intersection, hitting a passing vehicle head on before fleeing the scene on foot.
Scituate Police were aided in their search for the suspect by Rhode Island State Police troopers and K-9 units, as well as officers from Foster, Coventry, Johnston, and Cranston Police Departments. The suspect has not been located or identified at this time.
Police described the suspect as a black male with short dark hair, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing blue jeans and a yellow shirt with black stripes.
The investigation is ongoing, with assistance from State Police.
Anyone with information on the suspect of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Scituate Police Department immediately at 401-821-5900.
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