Mattapoisett police end multi-town car chase

Jan 9, 2018

A reportedly suicidal Marshfield woman was arrested on Monday, January 8, after leading police on a multi-town, multi-highway chase that ended in Mattapoisett.

At around 9:30 p.m., the Raynham Police Department notified area police that officers on Route 24 southbound were in pursuit of a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck driven by Samantha Costa. Costa, who was carrying a fake handgun, had been involved in a pursuit by Marshfield Police earlier in the day, police said.

After hitting two Raynham Police cruisers, officers said Costa exited Route 24 onto I-195 east, where she took the Mattapoisett exit and then proceeded back onto the highway toward Fairhaven. Police attempted to stop the vehicle using "stop sticks" to deflate the tires, but were unsuccessful. The pursuit was then terminated.

A short time later, Mattapoisett officers noticed the vehicle again traveling east on I-195 in Mattapoisett. Attempts to stop Costa failed. She took the Marion exit off of the highway and proceeded west on Route 6, police said.

Marion Police set up stop sticks on Route 6, which damaged one of the truck's tires. Officer Sean Parker of Mattapoisett then deployed more of the devices, effectively deflating the remaining three tires.

Police said Costa continued driving on the rims of the tires, but was eventually stopped at the 7-Eleven in Mattapoisett, where she was arrested.

Mattapoisett Police charged Costa with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer, and failure to stay within marked lanes. She will also be criminally charged by police departments from Raynham to Marion, according to police.

Costa was transported to Saint Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.