Fairhaven Police responded to a call for a disturbance at 23 Howland Road just before 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

When officers arrived, they located one of the involved participants, identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Matthews, seated in the driver’s seat of a grey 2013 Honda Civic that was parked in the vicinity of the residence.

When one officer approached the vehicle in an attempt to speak with Matthews, he revved the engine of the car and drove at him, nearly striking him, before speeding away.

Matthews drove north into Acushnet, where he led Acushnet officers on a brief pursuit before he bailed out of the car and fled on foot, attempting to elude police as he ran through several Acushnet neighborhoods.  He was finally captured in the backyard of a Pleasant Street residence.

Matthews was taken into custody without further incident and transported back to the Fairhaven Police Station, where he was booked.

Mathew will be charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

No one was injured during the incident.  Matthews will be arraigned in New Bedford District Court.


Information provided by Fairhaven Police


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