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Dartmouth police arrest Tiverton house break suspect

Dartmouth police arrest Tiverton house break suspect. (Photo courtesy Dartmouth Police Department.)

Police in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with the assistance of one of their details officers, arrested a male suspect who was wanted in connection with a house break in Tiverton, Rhode Island on Friday.

Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Dartmouth Police detail officer, Sergeant Peter Canuel observed a 2005 Mercedes used in an earlier house break in Tiverton traveling on Hixville Road.

During the house break, the male suspect attempted to run over a Tiverton officer while fleeing the scene.

As the male operator matched that of the Tiverton suspect, Sergeant Canuel called the information in and followed the suspect vehicle in his personal vehicle until marked Dartmouth units arrived.

Upon marked units engaging the suspect, he attempted to strike a Dartmouth cruiser, and once again fled in an effort to elude the police.

A short time later, Sergeant Joseph Rapoza located the suspects vehicle abandoned on the Highland Avenue railroad tracks.

The male suspect was subsequently located by the Massachusetts State Police air wing, and taken into custody without incident by Sergeant Rapoza and Officer Keith DeCosta.

The suspect was identified as 49-year-old Michael Joseph Couto of Mattapoisett.

Couto was charged with breaking and entering and larceny. He was also charged with assault w/ a dangerous weapon with a motor vehicle, failing to stop, speeding, negligent operation, and marked lanes violation.


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