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Driver Surrenders to JPD After Chase

Johnston Police charged a North Providence man with reckless driving and trying to elude police on Mar. 31.

A North Providence man turned himself in at the on Mar. 31 after police say he drove through red lights without stopping and exceeded the posted speed limit by 25 miles per hour during an early morning chase that day, according to police reports.

Anthony C. Furia, 20, of 242 Waterman Ave., North Providence, faces misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. 

On Mar. 31, Johnston Police dispatch personnel received a call around 5:45 a.m. for a disturbance at 3 Indian Drive. As officers responded to the address, dispatch personnel alerted them that the suspect had fled the scene in a black car and provided the officers with the registration number.

Sgt. Steven P. Guilmette reported seeing the vehicle make a right turn onto Hartford Avenue from Brown Avenue. The car went through the red light despite the posted “No Turn on Red” sign, according to Guilmette’s report. Guillmette reported that he used his spotlight on the driver and was able to identify him as Furia based on previous contacts with him.

Guilmette reported that he turned his cruiser around in an attempt to stop Furia, but Furia did not pull over.

According to Guilmette, Furia reached a speed of 60 mph in the 35-mph zone on Hartford Avenue before driving through the red light at Hartford Avenue and Bishop Hill Roade. Furia continued into Scituate, and Guilmette reported that he stopped the pursuit because rain and snow prevented him from seeing Furia's vehicle.

After Furia turned himself in at police headquarters on Mar. 31 at about 11 a.m., he was arraigned with personal recognizance bail set at $1,000. Police reports indicate that officers also presented Furia as a probation violator, and he was ordered remanded to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston until a court date to be determined.

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