WAREHAM — A New Bedford man who police say fled a traffic stop earlier this week, nearly hitting a police officer in the process, has turned himself in.

Wareham Police had been searching for Jazz Tavares, 29, of New Bedford, after an officer working a traffic detail on Monday had tried to stop the vehicle Tavares was driving, as he knew Tavares' driver's license had been revoked.

Tavares allegedly drove off in an aggressive manner, forcing the police officer to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the vehicle.

When police later spotted the vehicle Tavares had been driving, they found a woman was then driving the car. Police arrested the woman, Kristina Boucher-Szwedko, 26, of Mattapoisett, after she refused to cooperate with police.

Wareham Police had asked for the public's help in locating Tavares.

Police say Tavares turned himself in to Wareham Police on Thursday. He was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and operating with a suspended driver’s license. Tavares was able to post $1,000 bail and is due back in Wareham District Court on August 13.

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