SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A man allegedly fleeing from a police officer who tried to pull him over died after crashing his car into a utility pole.
According to Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace, an officer tried to pull the car over on Fall River Avenue around 9:00 p.m.
The driver seemed to ignore the officer and continued traveling north. At the intersection of Fall River Avenue and County Street, the driver side-swiped a car before turning onto Arcade Avenue by the Grist Mill Restaurant.
After gaining speed, the driver lost control of the car near Pleasant Street and smashed into a utility pole.
Seekonk Fire and Rescue quickly arrived on scene and had to extricate the male driver from the car. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and later died of his injuries. Police are not yet releasing his name but said he was 29 years old and from Pawtucket.
A section of Arcade Avenue was closed during the rescue.
The incident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Team and State Police Investigators from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office along with Seekonk Police Detects.
Police say at this time it is unknown why the driver fled from the officer.