Couple arrested after police chase ordered held for probation, bail violations


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick couple is back at the ACI after they were arraigned Friday on charges connected to a police chase spanning multiple communities.

According to police, Patricia Chivers was released from the ACI in early April while her husband Matthew Chivers was let out just two weeks ago.

Patricia, 33, was arrested Thursday at the scene of a crash in East Greenwich while Matthew, 29, fled into the woods and was apprehended a short time later, police said. 

Both were arraigned Friday on charges related to the crash but ordered held for violating the terms of their bail and probation from previous criminal cases.

Cranston police said it all started around 7 a.m. Thursday as they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a field off Laten Knight Road. When the officers approached the vehicle, Patricia allegedly sped off, running over an officer’s foot in the process.

Police pursued the suspect vehicle through Cranston, Scituate, Coventry, and West Warwick before it crashed into another vehicle that was turning onto Frenchtown Road in East Greenwich, officials said.

The officer whose foot was run over returned to duty that same day, according to police, while the second driver involved in the East Greenwich crash was treated for minor injuries at Kent Hospital.

Patricia was charged by Cranston police with assault with a dangerous weapon on a police officer, eluding a police officer in a high-speed pursuit, obstructing an officer in the execution of duty, receiving stolen goods, and conspiracy. A plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf at her arraignment on Friday and her bail was set at $10,000 with surety. She was also issued a civil violation for driving without a license.

Police say Patricia was on probation at the time of her arrest, so a violation hearing was scheduled for June 13.

A not-guilty plea was also entered for Matthew on charges of obstructing police, receiving stolen goods, and conspiracy in connection with the police chase. His bail was set at $1,000 with surety.

He was out on bail at the time of his arrest, according to police. A violation of bail hearing was scheduled for June 11.

Both Patricia and Matthew also face three counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card and conspiracy. No plea was entered on the felony charges, and Cranston police requested $5,000 surety bail for each of the suspects, which was granted by the judge.

Cranston police allege the pair used a stolen debit card to make purchases at three businesses in the city.

In addition, Warwick police charged Patricia with obstructing an officer in connection with an incident last Saturday. They also issued her a civil violation for driving without a license. That case is scheduled to resume in court on June 13.

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