Police: Man nearly hits officer with car prior to police pursuit

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FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fairhaven man is facing several charges after nearly striking a police officer with his vehicle prior to a police pursuit.

According to Fairhaven Police Lt. Kevin Kobza, officers responded to Howland Avenue Thursday afternoon following reports of a disturbance.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Matthews, sitting inside his vehicle.

Police said as an officer approached his vehicle, Matthews revved the engine of the car and drove toward the officer, nearly hitting him, before speeding away.

Matthews then led officers on a brief pursuit that extended into Acushnet.

Police said Matthews eventually got out of his car and fled on foot through several neighborhoods before he was taken into custody on Pleasant Street.

Matthews is facing several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is expected to be arraigned in New Bedford District Court on Friday.

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