By Beth David, Editor
On Monday, 4/9, just before 3 p.m., an unmarked Fairhaven Police vehicle, being operated by Fairhaven Police Chief Michael Myers, was involved in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection of Howland Road and Main Street.
Chief Myers was responding to a call of a fleeing suspect with outstanding warrants who was running on foot from police. The police vehicle had its emergency lights activated as it was crossing Main Street when it collided with the second vehicle.
The police vehicle, a white 2017 Ford Explorer, was traveling westbound on Howland Road. The second vehicle, a black 2005 Cadillac CTS, was traveling northbound on Main Street. The sole occupant of the Cadillac was 23-year-old Amber Lassiter of Fairhaven. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Chief Myers, who was the sole occupant of the police vehicle, was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
The Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate the crash. The suspect who fled from police has five outstanding arrest warrants for shoplifting, multiple motor vehicle violations, resisting arrest, trespass and drug charges. The crash is under investigation.
The suspect, Robert Demello, whose last known address was in Dartmouth, was spotted by a patrol officer walking north on Main Street. Mr. Demello, 24, had five outstanding warrants including motor vehicle, shoplifting and drug violations. While while being questioned by police, Mr. Demello ran on foot from the scene.
He was taken into custody later that day at Market Basket.
In addition to his existing outstanding warrants, Mr. Demello will face charges in Fairhaven, although police have not finalized the charges yet.
Chief Michael Myers was released after a short time at Tobey and has been back at work with no apparent injuries.
Ms. Lassiter posted on Facebook that she had a “serious concussion,” and 17 stitches, but expected to recover fully. She said her unborn son w as not injured in the accident.
Her mother posted that Amber was “a bit banged up” had stitches on her forehead and could not walk due to pain, but that she was a “trooper,” and the baby was okay.
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