Suspect flees traffic stop, nabbed hours later

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several local police departments worked together Tuesday to track down and arrest a suspect more than three hours after he ran away from a traffic stop.

Seekonk police said the incident started at about 11 a.m. after an officer noticed a license plate that did not match the car it was on. As the officer wrote up a citation, the suspect took off running, according to police.

A few hours later, police say they received a tip that the suspect was spotted ducking behind barriers in East Providence in the area of Warren Avenue. Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace said officers chased the suspect down into a swampy area and he ended up near I-195.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Julio Calderon of Providence, was finally captured at about 2:30 p.m.

“It’s nice to have a resolution,” said Mace.

Massachusetts State Police troopers and Somerset K-9 units were called in to assist Seekonk and East Providence police.

“It was a nice coordinated effort,” Mace added.

Police say Calderon is currently in the hospital, but no word on the extent of his injuries. He’s expected to face a judge Wednesday.

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