DARTMOUTH — A quick signal from a Dartmouth cop to turn on headlights ended with a short chase and the arrest of two New Bedford men who were allegedly driving a stolen car in Bliss Corner on Sunday night.

Police said 19-year-old Calvin Rosa of Studley Street and 21-year-old Dartmouth Street resident Malik Cannon were taken into custody on motor vehicle-related charges and a variety of outstanding arrest warrants.

At around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dartmouth police officer Jared White saw a Mercury Sable on Stackhouse Street without its headlights on, according to police.

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White flashed his headlights at them to signal them to put their headlights on, police said.

But after the car's driver failed to turn on the lights, White tried to pull them over — only to have the vehicle flee down Rogers Street.



Police said at this point, White discovered that the car had been listed as stolen out of Raynham.

The driver, later identified as Rosa, and his passenger Cannon both fled the car into nearby properties after reaching the dead end at Rogers Street.

Police said White and his K9 partner Tyr along with other officers set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects, eventually catching and arresting them.

Rosa is charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, negligent operation, driving with a suspended license, and a motor vehicle lights violation.

He also had six outstanding warrants on assault and battery, receiving stolen property, and drugs charges, police said.

Cannon is charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Police said he also had an outstanding arrest warrant for possessing a machine gun.

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