WARWICK, RI — This morning Cranston Police arrested two Warwick residents in a silver Nissan who ran over an officer’s foot while leading them on a chase through Scituate, Coventry, and West Warwick before crashing into another car on Frenchtown Road in East Greenwich.
Cranston officers arrested the driver, identified as Patricia Chivers, 33, of 168 Underwood Ave., Warwick, and the passenger, Matthew Chivers, 29, also of 168 Underwood Ave., Warwick following the crash.
This morning at 7 a.m., Cranston Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a field in the area of 500 Laten Knight Road, with two occupants who appeared to be unconscious. Two officers located a silver Nissan sedan with Connecticut license plates parked at the location. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the Chivers. While the officers were talking with them, Patricia suddenly drove off, running over one officer’s foot.
The second officer pursued the Nissan onto Hope Road into Scituate, Coventry, West Warwick, and then East Greenwich, where an East Greenwich officer joined the chase. When the pursuit entered South County Trail (Rte. 2) from Middle Road, the Cranston and East Greenwich officers ended the pursuit due to traffic congestion and an increase in speed.
As the officers continued South on Rte. 2, they saw the Nissan had crashed into another car as it turned West onto Frenchtown Road. The officers quickly apprehended Patricia. Matthew, however, fled into the woods next to Frenchtown Road with East Greenwich and State Police in pursuit. They caught him at a nearby Dunkin Donuts.
The driver of the car struck by the Nissan suffered minor injuries and was transported to Kent County Hospital for treatment. The Officer who was struck was treated for a foot injury and later returned to duty.
As a result of this morning’s incident, Patricia Chivers will be arraigned by a bail commissioner at Cranston Police Headquarters on the following charges:
- Felony Assault
- Reckless Driving/Eluding a Police Officer in a High-Speed Pursuit
- Obstructing an Officer in the Execution of their Duty
- Operating with a Suspended License
Matthew Chivers will be arraigned on the following charges:
- Obstructing an Officer in the Execution of their duty
Patricia and Matthew Chivers will also both be arraigned on the charges of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Cards Over $100 (3 counts) and Conspiracy (3 counts) stemming from incidents that occurred on January 10, 2019 and January 11, 2019 where they are alleged to have used a stolen debit card to make purchases at three businesses in the City of Cranston.
Additionally, Patricia Chivers will be presented as a bail violator based on a pending charge brought by the Cranston Police Department on April 1, 2019 for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. She also has an active Superior Court Bench Warrant for Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic. She was released from the Adult Correctional Institution on April 3, 2019.
Matthew Chivers will be presented as a Probation Violator based on a previous sentence for Injuring or Tampering with a Vehicle. He was released from the ACI on May 15, 2019.