Bystanders help catch Fairhaven hit-and-run suspect

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FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a hit-and-run that occurred in Fairhaven over the weekend.

Investigators believe Raymond Pires sped off Saturday after hitting two vehicles at the intersection of Weeden Road and Babbitt Street. Police said that while Pires was fleeing the scene, he swerved at a pedestrian who was trying to stop him from leaving.

Pires, 51, also allegedly drove across the lawn of a home on nearby Studley Street, according to police.

After driving through the neighborhood, police said Pires ended up back at the scene of the crash and was noticed by a group of bystanders who were working at a nearby construction site. The group prevented Pires from fleeing again and he was arrested by police.

“While we don’t recommend that bystanders attempt to stop criminals themselves, this was helpful in making sure that the suspect didn’t get away a second time,” Sgt. Kevin Kobza said.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Pires was arraigned Monday on two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully attaching license plates, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and trespassing with a motor vehicle.

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