PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man led city police on a dangerous chase Wednesday afternoon after he was allegedly caught with stolen vehicles at his home.
According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, investigators said they found Hector Delacruz switching the license plates on two stolen vehicles in the driveway behind his Elmwood Avenue home.
Delacruz, 37, hopped into one of the vehicles and attempted to drive off, the report stated, but police blocked him in with their cruisers.
Police said the suspect ran off on foot, first crossing Elmwood Avenue then climbing the hill on the side of I-95.
Delacruz tried to hide in a patch of tall grass, according to the report, then ran across the highway after he was spotted.
“He was yelling and screaming. I don’t know who he was screaming at,” recalled Tyler Legault, who witnessed the incident while at his family’s auto-body business nearby.
It was 2:15 p.m. so rush hour traffic had yet to begin and vehicles were cruising down the highway at full speed. A single officer chased Delacruz across I-95 in the area of Exit 17, but lost him on the other side, the report said.
Patrol officers who had set up a perimeter in the area of Roger Williams Park Zoo captured Delacruz near the train tracks and took him into custody.
Police said Delacruz was also wanted on a firearms charge dating back to June. He’s now being held on that charge, along with new charges of auto theft and resisting arrest.