Somerset Police Officer Struck By Driver, Suspect Arrested

SOMERSET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Fall River man was charged Wednesday by the Somerville Police Department after he allegedly struck an officer with his vehicle, resulting in a vehicle pursuit and a crash.

Shortly before 9 a.m., police received a report of a man who was sleeping inside a running vehicle in the area Briggs Avenue, and had reportedly been there for about two hours.

Officers identified the man as 28-year-old Raymond Prevost, who is known to police and had multiple outstanding warrants. When the officers attempted to place him in custody, they said Prevost reached for the vehicle's gear shifter.

"Officer Raymond Almeida reached inside of the vehicle and attempted to stop Prevost, at which point Prevost shifted the vehicle into drive and fled from the scene, striking Officer Almeida with the vehicle," SPD said. "Officer Almeida was pulled out of the vehicle window as it began to move by Officer Joseph Bois, who was also on scene, which prevented Officer Almeida from being dragged. He was not seriously injured."

Somerset Police pursued Prevost through Somerset and into Fall River, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, before his vehicle struck a bridge abutment on Davol Street in the area of the Cove Restaurant & Marina, SPD said.

Officers approached the crashed vehicle and Prevost was then taken into custody without further incident. He was then transported to Rhode Island Hospital by the Fall River Fire Department with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Prevost is facing several charges, including Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, and Speeding.

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Written by Brit Smith

(Photo: Somerville PD)