2 women due in court following Fairhaven pursuit


FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — Two New Bedford women are due in court Wednesday following a police pursuit Monday afternoon. 

Police said Jeannine Vickery, 45, and Sherri Masse, 33, led police on a chase from Fairhaven to New Bedford after officers spotted their vehicle parked illegally in a fire lane outside of the Marshall’s on Fairhaven Road.

When the officers ran the vehicle’s registration, they discovered it had been reported stolen.

The officers then attempted to pull the vehicle over, but police said the driver, later identified as Vickery, fled the scene. Police said Vickery ended up striking an unmarked police cruiser and a marked police cruiser in the process.

Police followed Vickery and Masse down Alden Road into New Bedford, until the car eventually came to a stop at the intersection of Seabury and Carlisle Streets.

Both women were arrested following the pursuit and police said officers had to subdue Vickery with a stun gun since she resisted arrest. No one was injured in the crashes, pursuit or arrests. 

When police searched the vehicle, they found stolen merchandise and drug paraphernalia.

Masse is being charged with shoplifting, and officers learned she was also wanted on a pre-existing warrant for unarmed robbery.

Vickery is being charged with shoplifting, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest. She will also face several motor vehicle related offenses, including operating with a suspended license. Police also learned Vickery was wanted on a pre-existing warrant for resisting arrest and larceny.

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