Rochester police officer assists Wareham police in tracking suspect

Jul 29, 2023

WAREHAM — A Rochester police officer lent a hand to the Wareham Police Department during a car chase in the early morning of Saturday, July 29.

Before 2 a.m. on Saturday a Wareham sergeant stopped a white Chevrolet Camaro on Main Street, but as the sergeant approached the vehicle, it took off at a high rate of speed, according to the Wareham Police Department.

A vehicle pursuit ensued and the Camaro headed westbound on Interstate 195, hitting estimated speeds of 130 miles per hour.

Due to concerns for safety, the chase was terminated.

A Rochester officer later spotted the car on Route 105 in Marion as it began to head eastbound on Interstate 195 toward Wareham.

Wareham officers successfully deployed “Stop Sticks,” which are devices designed to deflate tires, as the Camaro entered town. Despite several deflated tires, the car continued northbound on Interstate 495, losing one of its tires and rims before coming to a stop and ending the pursuit.

The driver, identified as Peter Rezendes IV, 35, of Onset, was placed into custody without incident.

Officers discovered a large amount of United States currency and a quantity of what is suspected to be Fentanyl inside the car.

Rezendes IV was charged with failure to stop for police, operating a vehicle after suspension, which is a subsequent offense, a plate violation, a marked lanes violation, operating to endanger and possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance (Fentanyl), which is also a subsequent offense.

Rezendes IV will be arraigned at Wareham District Court Monday, July 31. According to police, Rezendes IV has a lengthy criminal history which include numerous narcotic related convictions.