Pawtucket Man Leads Rehoboth Police Chief on Pursuit, Crashes
REHOBOTH — A Pawtucket man has been arrested and faces multiple charges for leading a high-speed pursuit on his motorcycle in Rehoboth before crashing.
Rehoboth Police say at approximately 5:57 p.m. Thursday night, Chief James Trombetta observed a KTM 530EX motorcycle with a Rhode Island registration traveling westbound on Winthrop Street in the area of New Street.
As the motorcycle went through the intersection the operator accelerated and Chief Trombetta observed the front tire of the motorcycle lift off the ground. After observing the motorcycle travel in this manner, Chief Trombetta attempted to stop the motorcycle.
The operator, later identified as 21-year-old Hector Nieves Medina, refused to stop and continued traveling west. At the intersection of Route 44 and Route 118, Medina cut through the parking lots of Cumberland Farms and the Exxon gas station in attempt to elude Chief Trombetta.
After exiting the Exxon gas station, Medina continued to refuse to stop and continued into Seekonk. After entering Seekonk, the motorcycle came to a stop after crashing into another motor vehicle.
It was learned that the motorcycle was unregistered and Medina was not licensed to operate it. He was taken into custody and transported to the Rehoboth Police Station for booking.
Medina was released from police custody on personal recognizance. He is charged with failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawfully attaching a number plate, operating to endanger and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
He is scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court at 8:30 a.m. for arraignment Friday morning.