A Seekonk police officer was injured while trying to stop a vehicle that ended up crashing and rolling over in East Providence, police said.
Seekonk Police Chief Dean Isabella said at 11:49 a.m. Monday officers responded to a call of a reported shoplifting in progress at the Home Depot on Highland Avenue and when they arrived at the scene they saw a person matching the description of the suspect attempting to leave.
Police said the man fled the store and entered a vehicle in the parking lot, and when officers tried to get him out of the vehicle, he managed to put the vehicle in gear and drive. As the suspect tried to escape he struck one officer with his vehicle and drove directly at a second officer. The officer who was hit was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said in a statement.
A short pursuit then ensued, and the suspect struck multiple vehicles on Route 6 before ultimately crashing and rolling over his own vehicle in East Providence, police said.
Albert Rosario, 32, of Providence, R.I. was arrested by East Providence police and charged with assault and battery with dangerous weapon; assault with a dangerous weapon; use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony; shoplifting; failing to stop for police; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; and assorted traffic charges. Rosario also had nine active warrants for his arrest out of Massachusetts, police said.