Man attempts to hit cop with car

James Spader is being charged with one count of felony assault after attempting to run over a Pawtucket police officer (Photo: Pawtucket Police Department)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – A man is under arrest after police say he drove at a police officer with his car.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened at about 5 a.m. on Armistice Boulevard. Major Arthur Martins told Eyewitness News that police had been called to a reported disturbance involving two people, one of whom was in a car.

An officer who was speaking to the person who called police noticed the vehicle nearby and attempted to get the driver to stop, but the driver swerved his car towards the officer, who was standing outside his cruiser.

The officer jumped out of the way and was not hit, and the driver sped off. Other officers caught up with him a short distance away and arrested him; he is identified as 46 year-old James Spader of Brown Street in Pawtucket.

Spader is being charged with felony assault, and appeared before a bail commissioner Saturday. He will be held until his formal arraignment Monday.

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