DARTMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - A Dartmouth man with an outstanding warrant was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after leading police on foot chase.

Dartmouth police officer Christopher Flechsig was working with a road construction detail in the 900 block of Reed Road when he spotted Cameron Bessette, 20, operating a motorcycle toward him around 2:45 p.m., according to police.

Flechsig stopped Bessette because he knew he had an outstanding warrant associated with drug offenses.

But immediately following the stop, Bessette abandoned his motorcycle and ran into the woods. After a short foot pursuit, Flechsig took Bessette into custody.

During the chase, a local citizen who was attempting to help Flechsig was injured when he fell onto a large tree branch.

He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for a serious facial laceration.

In addition to the warrant, Bessette is also being charged with resisting arrest, numerous motor vehicle charges, and possession of a Class D substance.

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