EAST GREENWICH— The East Greenwich Police Department had a busy week, partaking in a dramatic car chase and having a new officer in the department charged with felonies related to domestic violence in separate incidents.
Police arrested a couple from Warwick after a lengthy car chase that ended in East Greenwich last Thursday. The couple was originally approached by Cranston police after reports of a suspicious vehicle before the woman driving suddenly attempted to escape, running over an officer’s foot.
The chase wove through Scituate, Coventry and West Warwick, before it ended in dramatic fashion when the car collided with another vehicle on Frenchtown Road, at which point the driver’s male passenger leapt from the vehicle and attempted to flee into the nearby woods, before being apprehended by police at a nearby Dunkin Donuts.
The pair have been identified as Patricia and Matthew Chivers, of Warwick.
Following the incident, the driver of the vehicle hit by the Chivers was taken to Kent County Hospital for minor injuries.
Patricia Chivers is being charged with felony assault, reckless driving, eluding police, obstruction and driving with a suspended license. Matthew Chivers is being charged with obstruction. It is unclear why the couple tried to flee from police, but the cause may be related to an outstanding warrant issued for Patricia Chivers relating to fraudulent use of a credit card, conspiracy and possession of schedule I narcotics. Matthew Chivers is alleged to have violated a probation as well, stemming from a sentence relating to unlawfully tampering with a vehicle.
Meanwhile, Mark Edmonds Jr., a police officer with the East Greenwich Police Department, was arrested in Pawtucket on Saturday and charged with multiple crimes relating to alleged incidents of domestic violence, including felony assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault and battery by strangulation.
Edmonds was arrested following a report Friday by a woman that she had been assaulted by the officer on multiple occasions between September of last year and May of this year, which include the counts of strangulation and use of a weapon (Edmonds’ 9mm pistol). After his arrest, Edmonds was arraigned and released on a $2,000 bail, pending his appearance before the District Court of Providence. Edmonds was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
According to a press release by the Pawtucket Police Department, the allegations against Edmonds, going back to September, were well documented. It is currently unclear if the East Greenwich Police Department knew about Edmonds’ past behavior before his hiring.
Edmonds’ graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy in May of 2017. After serving with the Brown University police, Edmonds was hired as a police officer by the East Greenwich Police Department on April 1 of this year. Because Edmonds is in his first year of duty with the East Greenwich Police Department, he is still in a probationary period during which he may be fired from the department at-will. Pending the resolution of the charges brought against him, however, the department has placed Edmonds on paid administrative leave.
Edmonds is due in court Thursday.