Women arrested after wild chase face judge on separate charges


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two women accused of leading police on a wild chase in a stolen vehicle faced a judge Wednesday on previous, unrelated charges.

Sherri Masse, 33, was arraigned on an outstanding warrant for unarmed robbery while Jeannine Vickery, 45, was presented as a probation violator.

Vickery was ordered held without bail while Masse’s bail was set at $250.

The two women, who both hail from New Bedford, are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges related to Tuesday’s chase, which spanned from Fairhaven to the pair’s hometown, according to police.

Prosecutors say Vickery was behind the wheel and Masse was her passenger when police spotted their car parked illegally outside a Fairhaven Road store. 

When the officers ran the vehicle’s registration, they learned it had been reported stolen.

The suspects sped off when police attempted to stop the vehicle, according to prosecutors, and they hit two cruisers before leading the officers on a pursuit that ended in a crash in New Bedford.

No injuries were reported.

Police said they had to use a stun gun to subdue Vickery after she resisted arrest and when officers searched the vehicle, they found stolen goods and drug paraphernalia. 

Vickery was charged with two counts each of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and leading the scene of an accident, along with single counts of shoplifting and resisting arrest and several driving offenses. Police said at the time of her arrest, she was also wanted on a preexisting warrant for larceny and resisting arrest.

Masse was also charged with shoplifting.

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