Police: Providence crash connected to shots-fired incident

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One person was arrested and a second is being sought by police after gunshots fired in a Providence neighborhood overnight led to a car chase and eventual crash.

According to police, patrol officers heard the shots around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Princeton Avenue. As they approached, they saw two dark-colored vehicles speed off towards Broad Street.

Police said the vehicles refused to stop and continued onto Marlborough Avenue before splitting off in opposite directions on Taylor Street.

The officers followed the first car, which began to gain distance by reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph, according to police. The car then crashed into an electrical box at the intersection of Broad Street and Vermont Avenue.

Police said two men jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. One was soon captured but was “highly uncooperative” and refused to give his name, according to police.

That suspect, eventually identified as Dario Vasquez, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries while the second suspect remains at large. Police described him as a short and thin Hispanic man who was wearing a white sweatshirt.

Police returned to Princeton Avenue where they found nine shell casings and a bullet hole in the side of one of the homes. Major David Lapatin said they’re not aware of anyone being hit by the gunfire.

Inside the center console of the crashed vehicle, police said they found a Glock 9mm handgun which was reported stolen in Providence.

Vasquez, 21, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a stolen firearm, and conspiracy.

No description was provided for the second vehicle, which police are also trying to locate.

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