WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men and a juvenile are facing charges following a series of events in Warwick which culminated in a crash that sent a woman to the hospital.
Darlin Daniel Gomez, 22, of Warwick, and Branley Ferreras, 19, of Providence, will be held overnight and arraigned in court on Thursday, according to Warwick police.
Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol officer stopped a vehicle on Quimby Street that had heavily tinted windows and a stolen Rhode Island registration plate attached to the rear.
Gomez and Ferraras got out and tried to run off, police said, but the officer quickly caught up with them. Noticing the men suspiciously trying to conceal their hands in their waistbands and believing they may be holding a firearm or contraband, the officer drew his gun and ordered them to the ground.
As both complied, a second passenger whom the officer didn’t see initially due to the tinted windows moved into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle in reverse, nearly hitting the officer and two suspects.
While responding to the scene, other officers spotted the fleeing vehicle operating erratically on Airport Road with a blown-out tire, according to police.
The driver refused to pull over and eventually ran a red light and hit another vehicle at the intersection of Warwick Avenue and Narragansett Parkway.
The woman driving that vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.
The suspect, who was a juvenile, was arrested and is facing numerous charges.
The officers found a stolen firearm under the driver’s seat as well as ammunition discarded by one of the suspects at the initial traffic stop, according to police.
Gomez was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a schedule I-V controlled substance, and multiple bench warrants.
Ferreras was charged with receiving stolen goods and a bench warrant.
Police said the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Derek Mourato at (401) 468-4310.