WESTPORT — A man who's suing the police department was arrested Sunday in his driveway, police said.
At 7:20 p.m. Friday, police tried to pull over Derek Pereira, 31, of 21 Cleveland St. Pereira abandoned the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving and ran across State Road onto Pine Tree Avenue.
A Bristol County Sheriff’s Department K9 searched the area for about two hours. Police said the SUV had stolen registration plates. In searching the Jeep, found a bill of sale that listed Pereira as the buyer along with personal items belonging to him.
The registration plates affixed to the Jeep Cherokee had been stolen a few weeks earlier from another Jeep, which had been parked at State Road Auto, 851 State Road.
Police arrested Pereira in his driveway around 2:15 p.m. Sunday. He was charged with operating a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license, operating a vehicle so as to endanger, failure to stop for police, operating an uninsured vehicle, attaching plates, unregistered vehicle, speeding, possession of stolen property vehicle registration plates (felony, subsequent offense), possession of a forged/altered Registry of Motor Vehicle’s Inspection Sticker, possession of stolen property (subsequent offense) registry document (Inspection sticker), and use of a vehicle in the commission of a felony.
Pereira's lawsuit stems from an Aug. 22, 2016, incident where his motorcycle struck a police cruiser. In the suit, Pereira admits to speeding but believes police used an unnecessary tactic to deescalate the situation, one that left him with high medical bills. He seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 508-636-1122.