State police: Suspect hurt in Dartmouth crash while fleeing from troopers

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A driver who police said took off during a traffic stop didn’t get very far. Massachusetts State Police said the suspect immediately crashed into another car and a light pole.

Police said a trooper was traveling on I-195 East around 9:05 a.m. when he observed a 2000 Mercury Marquis sedan being driven by a man wearing large headphones.

The trooper pulled over the vehicle and asked the driver for his license and registration. Instead of complying with the trooper, the man rolled up his window and sped away, they said.

A short time later, the trooper saw that the sedan had crashed on Reed Road just south of Route 6. Police said he hit another car and a pole.

Police said the driver – Jovan Rivers, 31, of Fall River,  was allegedly operating without a license.

Police said River had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

They said his vehicle caught fire after the crash and troopers extinguished the flames.

The woman in the other vehicle was not hurt and refused treatment at the scene, police said.

Rivers was booked on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle; impeded operation of a motor vehicle; failure to stop for police; and refusing to identify himself.