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Woman Wanted For High-Speed Chase Surrenders to WPD

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Editor’s note: In keeping with the policy regarding police report charges, the woman’s name and identifying information have been removed from this article following the expungement of the charges against her.

WARWICK, RI  — A Warren woman wanted by Warwick Police for leading officers on a high-speed chase through Warwick, then across the state into Swansea, MA before being stopped by officers there Oct. 15 was arrested by Warren Police and turned over to Warwick officers Nov. 7.

Warwick officer Jonathan Byrne was on patrol on Post Road near Warwick Avenue Oct. 15 at 1:35 a.m. when he spotted a white Toyota four-door hatchback stopped at a green light, its driver apparently using a cell phone. Byrne pulled a U-turn to check on the driver, according to Byrne’s report.

As he followed the car, it began swerving, prompting the officer to attempt to pull the driver over near 320 Warwick Ave., according to the report. The car fled down several side streets before turning onto River Street, then into the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot, then back onto River Street. The car then turned onto Elmwood Avenue, swerving and speeding at 70 mph in the 35 mph zone.

Cranston Police took over the pursuit in Cranston, then through Rhode Island into Swansea, MA, where officers stopped and arrested the driver, a  Warren woman, charging her with DUI and assault of an officer with a deadly weapon, speeding, lane violations, ignoring a stop sign, and lane violations.

On Nov. 7 at 8:28 p.m., the woman turned herself in at Warwick Police headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The driver was released with a Third District Court summons for Dec. 11, at 9 a.m.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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