Warren woman charged in police pursuit across state lines
By: Amanda Pitts
SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) — A Warren woman appeared before a judge Monday after leading police on a chase from Warwick to Swansea, injuring a police officer along the way.
30-year-old Irina Bublik pleaded not guilty in Fall River District Court to several charges including OUI and assault and battery on a police officer.
Police say she failed to stop for Warwick Police in the area of Post Road and Warwick Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Monday, initiating a chase into Cranston, where police called off the pursuit. It later picked back up in East Providence.
Police continued to chase Bublik’s vehicle through Seekonk and Rehoboth, then into Swansea, Warren, Barrington, and Seekonk, then back through to Swansea again.
“Through this chase, she’s going through stop signs, she’s going at an excessive rate of speed through the Swansea community.”
In court, prosecutors said it took police several attempts to get Bublik to stop, adding that it took spike strips to finally end Bublik in Swansea.
Prosecutors added that at one point during the pursuit, Bublik entered a cul de sac. A police officer got out of his cruiser and was struck by her car mirror as she fled. That officer did not suffer serious injuries.
This marks the second OUI offense for Bublik, her first was in North Attleboro.
The judge set Bublik’s bail at $5,000 cash and should she post bail, ordered her not drink alcohol. She’ll have to wear a device which tracks alcohol consumption. As of Monday night, she had not yet posted bail.
She’s due back in court in November.
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