WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man is facing various charges after a police chase ended in a crash late Sunday night.
Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates said officers were called to Diamond Hill Road around 9 p.m. for a person operating erratically.
They arrived to find 29-year-old Luis Rivas Melendez outside of a vehicle. He appeared to be intoxicated, police said, and the person who was with Rivas Melendez told the officers he would stay with him.
Around 11 p.m., Oates said they received another call that the vehicle was driving recklessly in the Walnut Hill Apartment complex.
As police returned to the scene, Rivas Melendez turned out of the complex onto Diamond Hill Road and at one point stopped at Diamond Hill Plaza, according to Oates. When the officer got out of his cruiser, Rivas Melendez sped off. Officers then pursued him onto Morin Heights Boulevard.
WATCH: Luis Rivas Melendez appears in court (Story continues below.)
A 12 News viewer captured the moment several police cruisers were speeding down Robinson Street. A short time later, Rivas Melendez crashed into multiple parked vehicles and officers were heard ordering him to get on the ground.
Rivas Melendez was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later released.
He was charged with driving under the influence (third offense), operating with a suspended license, reckless driving, resisting arrest, obstructing police, and eluding law enforcement. No plea was entered at his arraignment Monday morning.
Rivas Melendez then appeared in superior court, where he was ordered held without bail for violating the conditions set following his last DUI offense. He was also ordered to go through a substance abuse program and is due back in court in January.