Woonsocket fugitive loses control of vehicle after pursuit by Burrillville, neighboring police


BURRILLVILLE – Three neighboring law enforcement agencies collaborated in catching a fugitive from justice in the early morning hours on Wednesday, April 21, which ended when the suspect lost control of his vehicle.

Matthew Durand, 27, of 394 Cass Ave. Woonsocket was charged with two counts of reckless driving/eluding and one count of driving with a suspended license. Durand also had a warrant as a fugitive from justice for destroying evidence out of Cheshire, NH.

The incident reportedly began around 3 a.m. when Burrillville Police spotted Durand driving erratically on Route 100. A pursuit continued through Glocester and Scituate before ending at the Connecticut border.

A short time later, Glocester and Burrillville officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a white Cadillac with New Hampshire tags, traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 6, according to police. Scituate officers assisted in the pursuit and deployed stop sticks in the area of the Route 6 bypass and Route 102. Durand lost control of the vehicle, reportedly driving off the road.

He was taken into custody by officers from all three law enforcement agencies and arraigned in 3rd District court. Durand was also presented as a R.I. Superior Court probation violation and sentenced to four months in the ACI. He is due back in court on Tuesday, May 18 on the fugitive from justice charge.


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