Police: Gun, drugs found in car following overnight police chase, crash


CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – A dramatic chase that started in Providence ended with a crash early Friday morning.

According to a police report, officers were patrolling the Broad Street area due to an ongoing feud between two rival gangs when, at about 12:25 a.m., they observed a car speeding. Police said officers recognized the car because it was registered to a person they described as a known gang member. When they tried to pull it over, police said the driver took off.

The vehicle traveled into Cranston and crashed into a stone wall on Narragansett Boulevard. An eyewitness on the scene described hearing loud screeches and sirens, then seeing several police cruisers following the vehicle at high speed.

Following the crash, police said both the driver – identified as Anthony Todd – and the passenger – identified as Trenton Lee – resisted arrest.

Both Todd and Lee – who police said was also an active gang member – were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with head and facial injuries.

During a search of the vehicle, police said officers found a loaded firearm on the driver’s side dashboard, wedged between the windshield. While the vehicle was being towed away, police said they found a large plastic bag containing “suspected marijuana” underneath the car.

Todd is being charged with carrying a pistol without a license; carrying a firearm after previously convicted of a crime of violence; alteration of marks of identification on a firearm; reckless and eluding; and resisting arrest.

Police said Lee is being held on two active warrants out for him.

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