PAWTUCKET — A city man on Monday was charged with felony assault after he allegedly used his car to try to strike a police cruiser last week, Pawtucket Police said.
Around 1:19 p.m. on Feb. 18, police on patrol in the area of Main Street noticed a black Acura driving down the road. The driver – identified as Odair Almeida Silveira, 19, of 170 Sisson St., Apt. 2 in Pawtucket – was known to police, as his younger brother was wanted as a juvenile escaped from custody, police said. Patrol Officer Daniel W. Dolan Jr. maneuvered his cruiser behind Silveira’s Acura as it turned onto Warren Avenue.
When Dolan caught up with Silveira at the intersection of Warren and Newell avenues, the Acura came to an abrupt stop and a man exited the vehicle’s rear and began running north on Newell Avenue. Dolan followed the man who fled on foot and as he attempted to make a right turn from Warren Avenue, the Acura allegedly accelerated and drove directly toward the police cruiser, police said. Dolan was able to avoid being struck by Silveira’s vehicle by pulling quickly to the right, striking a curb in the process and causing a flat tire, police said.
The Acura then pulled away at a high rate of speed west toward Esten Avenue, police said.
Officers on Monday night around 11:23 p.m. responded to Interstate 95 South near Exit 29 for an accident. Patrol Officer Julianne Borsari noted in her personnel narrative that she was on patrol in the area of Lilac and Park streets when she heard screeching tires and a loud collision. As she was traveling north to get onto the highway – where she believed the collision occurred – she noticed a vehicle spin out and strike the center median.
One of the drivers involved in the accident told police that a black Acura – allegedly driven by Silveira – spun out on its own and struck the guard rail and that in trying to avoid the car, he was struck by a tow truck and then crashed into the median.
At the scene, Silveira was taken into custody and transported to the police station. He was charged with felony assault and disorderly conduct stemming from the Feb. 18 incident, according to police records.
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