Car theft suspect found hiding behind lawn chairs after police chase in Fall River

A car theft suspect was found hiding behind lawn chairs after he allegedly crashed into a house during a police chase in Fall River Friday afternoon, police said.

At around 5:30 p.m., Fall River police officers on Stevens Street were alerted that a car was driving erratically in the area. Officers saw the car near Brayton Avenue and identified it as a car that had been reported stolen from Red’s Quick Zone on Broadway just five minutes earlier, Fall River police said in a statement.

The driver of the car, later identified by police as Andrew Rak, 33, of Fall River, allegedly saw police and fled, crashing into a home and a car on Stevens Street, police said.


Rak then allegedly fled on foot through backyards in the area. After a short pursuit, officers and police dog Joseph caught up to him at 164 Denver Street where he was hiding behind lawn chairs under a stairway, Detective John Robinson, a Fall River police spokesman, said.

Rak allegedly refused to cooperate with the officers, and during a struggle with police, he was bitten by Joseph and arrested. He was taken to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation, Robinson said.

Rak was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, operating as to endanger, operating with a revoked or suspended license, leaving the scene of property damage, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest, police said.

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