Passenger in High-Speed Chase Faces Multiple Charges

Johnston resident Andrew Clay, 18, faces charges filed by four police departments after his arrest on Sept. 12.


Four police departments — including Johnston Police — filed charges against an 18-year-old Johnston man after a Sept. 12 police chase that wound through several local communities.

According to police reports, Andrew Clay was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Nicholas Winfield, 21, of Cranston, who is the son of a Scituate town councilman.

Following the Sept. 12 chase, Johnston Police charged Clay with felony charges of breaking and entering; larceny; and conspiracy. Clay also faces one misdemeanor count of violating a no-contact order brought by Scituate Police; one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny, and conspiracy brought by Foster Police; and one count of resisting arrest brought by the Rhode Island State Police.

Clay is due in court today for trials on the Scituate and State Police charges.

On Sept. 13, District Court Judge Frank Cenerini ordered Clay held without bail for violating terms of probation set as a condition of his Aug. 27 no-contest plea to a domestic disorderly conduct charge in Woonsocket.

Clay had also entered no-contest pleas on Aug. 9 to a Johnston Police charge of domestic assault and a Lincoln Police charge of misdemeanor shoplifting, and on Apr. 30 to a charge of shoplifting brought by Providence Police according to online court records.

Scituate Police allege that Winfield drove a stolen car in a high-speed chase through three Rhode Island towns and parts of Connecticut, according to CranstonPatch.

Officers found Clay; McKinley Threats, 18, of Providence; and a 16-year-old girl in the vehicle.

Threats also faces multiple charges, according to online court records. Police turned over the girl to her parents.


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