Suspect in high-speed chase: ‘I didn’t want to hurt anybody’

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The driver in a high-speed pursuit through several Massachusetts communities Tuesday tells Eyewitness News he suffers from anxiety and panicked when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror.

Justin Joseph, 32, of Providence led officers in Seekonk on a chase after trying to pull over his vehicle, according to police.

Police said the officers chased Joseph on I-195 East into Fall River before calling off the pursuit, which reached speeds of close to 100 mph.

Once in Fall River, police said Joseph got off the highway and nearly crashed before getting back on the highway going the wrong way. Police said Joseph eventually corrected his direction and took an exit into Westport.

Joseph was eventually taken into custody in Westport. According to Seekonk police, Joseph is facing charges of driving with a suspended license, operating to endanger, speeding and failure to stop for police.

Eyewitness News caught up with Joseph outside of Attleboro District Court. He said he didn’t want to hurt anybody and, since he suffers from anxiety, took off when he saw the police trying to pull him over.

Police said Joseph had a warrant out for his arrest. Joseph said the warrant stems from a 2011 charge of driving with a suspended license and believes he will be summonsed at some point.

Police said a second person was inside Joseph’s vehicle at the time of the pursuit, but that person will not face any charges.

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