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WESTPORT, MASS (WLNE) - Westport Police arrest a man for stealing a victim's car.

This morning at around 9:40 a.m. several Westport Police arrested Jamie Pearce, age 44, on an arrest warrant.

Officials state that Mr. Pearce was located inside the home in a back room. 

He complied with the officers' instructions and was taken into custody after raising safety concerns.

Police state that the warrant for his arrest was issued after Mr. Pearce had stolen a Honda CRV from a neighbor on October 31st at around 3:20 p.m. 

The victim had left keys inside the car which Mr. Pearce located and drove off with the vehicle. 

The victim saw the crime occur and alerted the Westport Police immediately. 

She followed her stolen vehicle for a brief period and gave updates on the location of it to a 911 Emergency dispatcher while the suspect drove along the area.

Once on Briggs Road, a Westport Detective attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and was nearly struck as Pearce drove toward the cruiser. 

Police say the vehicle continued South on Sanford Road at a slow rate of speed and the officer recognized the suspect as Pearce.

Just then the suspect accelerated to speeds in excess of 70 MPH and police discontinued the pursuit due to safety precautions. 

The suspect nearly struck a school bus and other cars as it drove through a red light onto American Legion Highway headed East said Westport Police. 

Another officer spotted the vehicle as it drove in excess of 80 MPH and nearly striking several additional vehicles on American Legion Highway. 

The Honda CRV then attempted to turn onto Rte 88 Northbound and lost control and spun out in the grass median. 

Pearce regained control and continued on Rte 88 North in excess of 90-100 MPH while passing numerous other vehicles in the breakdown lane.

Officials lost sight of the vehicle until Massachusetts State Police spotted the stolen Honda traveling down the breakdown lane of Rte 195 Eastbound in the Dartmouth area passing cars in excess of 100 MPH. 

The suspects' vehicle turned onto Penniman Street in New Bedford and ended up striking a parked vehicle near Hazard Court. 

Pearce then fled the scene on foot.

Westport Police issued an arrest warrant for the suspect for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Operating a vehicle to endanger, two counts of Assault dangerous weapon and operating a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license.     

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