High speed chase ends in Mattapoisett

Apr 17, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett Police officers helped state troopers to end a high-speed chase by setting up tire spikes on Route 195 near exit 19A around 2:05 a.m. on April 15. 

A police report alleged that William Mitchell, 24 of Providence Rhode Island, had led a State Police officer on a chase from Wareham to Bourne and back through Wareham, refusing to pull over for the officer and reaching speeds of up to 115 mph.

His Dodge Durango stopped a mile after it hit the road spikes, and police said when they reached the car, they found Mitchell and two young women in the car. Mitchell fled into the woods on foot.

A state trooper and local officers quickly located Mitchell about 100 yards into the woods and took him into custody.

The report said that the car chase began when a sergeant noticed a dark SUV traveling over 100 mph on Route 25 eastbound in Wareham and followed it as the driver got off on exit three. 

The Sergeant wrote that he turned on his lights as Mitchell began to take the ramp to Bourne Bridge. Mitchell then slammed his brakes and turned over the median onto Route 25 going westbound. 

The officer described the fleeing suspect as driving between 110 and 115 mph and weaving across all three lanes. The pursuit continued onto Route 195 westbound in Wareham and then to Mattapoisett. 

Troopers transported Mitchell to the State Police barracks in Dartmouth where they booked him for negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, marked lanes violation and speeding.

The suspect was released by a bail clerk and ordered to appear in Wareham District Court June 16 for arraignment.