UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Saturday, November 19, 2016 5:00 PM
On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at approximately 4:20 am, a motorist traveling on Glen Charlie Rd. in East Wareham reported being sideswiped by a passing vehicle being operated erratically.
The reporting motorist remained behind the erratic motor vehicle and reported various locations to WPD, as the vehicle traveled onto Rte. 25 North to 495 North, then to Rte. 195, where it took the Wareham exit and headed north to the Wareham Crossing Mall.
The vehicle was noticed by WPD Sergeant Michael Smith as it traveled with no lights through the plaza, headed to West Wareham at a high rate of speed. Losing sight of the vehicle, Sgt. Smith radioed ahead to patrol officers, who sighted the vehicle approximately 1 mile away in the area of Adrian’s Package Store on County Rd., where it passed without lights at a very high rate of speed. During this time, it was learned that the operator could be a 17 year old male Wareham resident who had a suspended license.
At this point, pursuit of the vehicle was ordered to be terminated by Sgt. Smith, as the vehicle headed toward Marion westbound on County Road. Within seconds of the termination, the vehicle was noticed crashed in the area of #491 County Rd., approximately .08 of a mile beyond Adrian’s Package Store. The vehicle sustained extensive damage as a result of skidding off the roadway and striking several trees.
The operator of the vehicle, a 17 year old Wareham male resident who will not be identified at this time, was found lying in the roadway with obvious injuries in the direct vicinity of the crashed vehicle. The male was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in serious condition by Wareham EMS personnel. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the collision, and there are no other reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The investigation of this incident is ongoing at this time, and updates will be provided when available.