High-speed chase ends with a crash

High-speed chase ends with a crash

The wipers and lights are still on as police search a car that crashed on Mendon Road in Cumberland after a high-speed chase last Thursday afternoon. (Valley Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

CUMBERLAND - A Woonsocket man, Michael Ebiwa, was arrested and charged with numerous offenses last week after leading police on a high-speed chase across the Blackstone Valley.

The chase started after Ebiwa invaded a home on Dexter Street in Woonsocket. He then stole a car and led police to Providence, where he carjacked another vehicle and shot a man in the foot, and finally ended with another crash on Mendon Road in Cumberland.

Ebiwa, 26, was arrested after the collision in Cumberland and faces charges from multiple jurisdictions.

State police have charged Ebiwa with carrying a pistol without a license or permit, alteration of marks of identification on a firearm, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eluding a police officer, duty to stop at an accident with damage to attended vehicle, and operating on a suspended license.

Woonsocket police have charged Ebiwa with breaking and entering during the daytime hours, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Providence police charged Ebiwa with possession of stolen motor vehicle, carjacking, assault with intent to commit robbery, felony assault, possession of a firearm after a conviction of a crime of violence, using a firearm while committing a crime of violence with an injury resulting, and possession of a firearm without a license.

He is due in court on July 7.

Ebiwa, of 104 Sayles St. in Woonsocket, has a past criminal history that includes charges of driving on a suspended license and eluding police.

Woonsocket Police Sgt. Matthew Ryan said Ebiwa brandished a gun during the initial home invasion in Woonsocket. As officers arrived, they say he stole a Nissan and took off.

After a quick trip into Blackstone, Ebiwa evaded an attempt by North Smithfield Police to stop him on Route 146, said Ryan. He then traveled to Providence where he crashed the vehicle on Malbone Street. State Police said that Ebiwa then took another car from Oakland Avenue, this time by force. Ebiwa allegedly aimed his gun at the driver's head, but the man was able to push it away and was shot in the foot. Police say Ebiwa then stole the man's Volkswagen and headed back north to the Route 116 exit of Route 146 in Lincoln. With police giving chase, he headed down George Washington Highway, attempted to take a right at the end onto Mendon Road, and crashed the vehicle into a car and plumbing van.

With his car wedged between the van and a guardrail, police quickly took Ebiwa into custody. They say they recovered a gun, ammunition, a holster, duct tape and other items typically used in a home invasion.

According to Ryan, there were police from so many different communities involved that the Rhode Island State Police ended up taking Ebiwa into custody. Departments involved included Woonsocket, Smithfield, Cumberland, North Providence and Johnston.

State and local police officials said it was a fortunate occurrence that the only real injury during the series of incidents was the shooting in Providence.