Providence mayor involved in chase of DUI suspect

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras suggested to a city police officer that was driving the mayor's car that the officer pursue a driver who was later charged with driving under the influence.

According to a police report, the mayor was riding in the backseat of his city car at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when it was nearly hit by a SUV. The officer had to swerve to avoid being hit by the car, the report said.

According to the report, Taveras suggested to the city police officer that he stop the SUV driver before anyone got hurt. The officer turned on the siren in the mayor's car and chased after the SUV.

However, after a short while, the mayor suggested they stop the pursuit.

"He tried to outrun us so we stopped the chase because he was going through stop signs at a very fast rate of speed and we were concerned about him hurting someone trying to elude us," Taveras told NBC 10.

According to the report, other officers responded, and the driver, 22-year-old Kendall Perry of Central Falls, was later caught. He was charged with drunken under the influence, reckless driving and several other crimes.

Perry is scheduled to be in court on May 14.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.