The Coventry police say they arrested a Massachusetts woman driving a stolen Boston Fire Department pickup truck after she led them on a chase with a flat tire.
After a “low-speed chase” through several towns that ended in East Greenwich, Alina Dunham, 20, of Quincy, Massachusetts, was taken into custody without incident, according to the Coventry Police Department.
However, her conduct at the Coventry police station prompted the police to lodge two additional charges against her: assault of a police officer and resisting arrest.
At about 6:38 p.m. Thursday, the police received “numerous calls” about a vehicle on Route 3 (Tiogue Avenue) traveling on one of its rims, the police said.
The police found the truck and tried getting the driver to stop, but she kept going into West Warwick and “led pursing officers through several neighboring communities, as well as onto the highway,” the police said.
The driver “ultimately came to a stop in a private driveway” after turning into a dead-end neighborhood in East Greenwich, the police said.
The police confirmed that the truck was a marked Boston Fire Department pickup truck. It was allegedly stolen from the Boston Fire Department Academy in Quincy on Thursday, the police said.
Dunham was also charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, reckless driving/eluding police (a second offense), obstruction of officers in execution of duty and operating on a suspended license.
BREAKING: One person has been just taken into custody after leading Coventry Police on a multi-town pursuit in a pickup truck labeled with @BostonFire emblems and emergency lights. Vehicle was driving on a rim at one point. pic.twitter.com/V208YuCqgV— Ryan (@ryanpick) February 5, 2021
Dunham was held overnight at the police station and scheduled for arraignment Friday in Kent County Courthouse.
The police say the pursuit never exceeded the speed limit, and there were no reported injuries or damage to property. They don’t believe alcohol was involved.
The police thanked the public for “promptly reporting the incident.”
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