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Acushnet Man Arrested After Allegedly Abusing Elder, Ramming Police Cruiser

Acushnet Police
Acushnet Police

ACUSHNET  – A tip from the Dartmouth Police Department leads to the arrest of an Acushnet man.

Acushent Police say fellow officers in Dartmouth alerted them to an 88-year-old Acushnet person that appeared to have been abused and was hospitalized at St. Luke’s. Acushnet officers interviewed the victim, who claimed they were assaulted by 66-year-old David Taber of Lake Street in Taber’s driveway on Tuesday.

During the alleged incident, Taber took the victim’s cell phone as they tried to call police and did not return the phone until Thursday. The victim sustained a number of bruises, abrasions, and small cuts.

Acushnet Police tried to stop Taber in his vehicle as he left his home Thursday evening. As Taber was pulling over into a nearby driveway, he made a u-turn, drove over the lawn, and rammed a police cruiser head on. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage and were inoperable.

Taber has been arrested and is charged with assault and battery on a family member over 60, assault and battery disabled with injure on a person over 60, witness intimidation, falure to stop for a police officer, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

In 1995, Taber was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 1993 shooting death of a nurse inside the Ford Middle School in Acushnet. He was released from the Bridgewater State Hospital in 2015.

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