Police: Suspect in fatal New Bedford crash located in Pawtucket

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The suspect in a fatal New Bedford crash earlier this week, has been apprehended in Pawtucket, according to Massachusetts State Police.

James Bennett-Werra, 21, was located by law enforcement around 5 p.m. Saturday after they found Bennett-Werra inside a residence.

Bennett-Werra was booked as a fugitive of justice at Pawtucket Police headquarters and is being held pending rendition to Massachusetts.

A New Bedford woman was killed Wednesday morning as a result of a two-car crash at the intersection of Ashley Boulevard and Tallman Street, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

The DA’s office said Fairhaven police attempted to stop a Chevrolet Malibu in their town, but the driver fled into New Bedford. That’s where the vehicle ran a stop side, colliding with a Toyota Corolla.

The driver of the Malibu fled the scene, according to the DA’s office, and was later identified as Bennett-Werra, who is from Easton.

On Thursday, about a dozen New Bedford and Massachusetts State Police surrounded and entered a home in New Bedford following a lead in the investigation. At the time, it appeared they did not arrest anyone.

Bennett-Werra was out on parole at the time of the crash.

Massachusetts State Police say it’s believed Bennett-Werra cut off a monitoring bracelet on March 25. The parole stemmed from an assault and battery conviction.

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