Police: Man slams into another car, light pole after fleeing traffic stop

DARTMOUTH, MA (WHDH) - Authorities say a man without a license was taken into custody Friday morning in Dartmouth after he fled a traffic stop, slammed into another car and crashed into a light pole.

Massachusetts State Police say troopers responded around 9 a.m. to an incident on Reed Road along Route 195 eastbound and arrested Jovan Rivers, 31, of Fall River.

Authorities say a trooper spotted Rivers traveling along the highway “wearing large headphones” and initiated a traffic stop. Rivers is accused of rolling up his window and speeding away from the trooper.

Rivers’ Mercury Marquis burst into flames after crashing, according to police.

A 69-year-old Westport woman in a Toyota Corolla was struck by Rivers. She was not injured.

Rivers’ was booked on a slew of charges, including negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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