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    Sunday, April 21, 2024

    Waterford officer injured before pursuit ends in Westerly

    A fleeing vehicle that injured one Waterford officer early Monday morning ended up coming to a stop in Westerly as officers from multiple departments converged just over the border.

    What began in Waterford around 3:12 a.m. with the sighting of a car taken without permission from its owner concluded just over a half hour later.

    Westerly police said they charged Xavier Goode-Sutton, 33, of 49 Williams St., Apt. 1, New London, with eluding law enforcement, engaging in a high-speed pursuit, carrying prohibited weapons other than firearms, and obstructing officers in execution of duty.

    They charged Alisa S. Vancedarfield, 31, of 70 Anthony Road, New London, with obstructing officers in execution of duty.

    Waterford police in a news release said the officer initially attempted to pull over a vehicle in the area of Stop & Shop. But the vehicle fled, pulling into a driveway on Fog Plain Road and then backing into the officer who was approaching on foot.

    Waterford police on social media described “very minor” injuries resulting from light contact with the vehicle. Police Chief Marc Balestracci said Officer David Diogo did not need medical attention.

    Westerly Police Chief Paul Gingerella said spike strips used by Stonington police on their side of the border brought the vehicle to a slow roll on Route 78 in Westerly.

    He said the driver and passenger bailed out of the vehicle and were later caught by officers from the various departments.

    Waterford police declined to name the injured officer or provide additional information while the investigation is ongoing.

    Waterford police said additional charges are anticipated.


    Editor’s note: This report was updated with the name of the injured officer.

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