RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department arrested a Taunton man for drunk driving after he initially fled from police.
As a result of diligent work by Raynham Police Officers, consistent with their training in responding to reports of intoxicated motorists, DEREK WAYNE EVANS, AGE 48, OF TAUNTONwas charged with:
- Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (Second Offense)
- Failure to Stop for Police
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Marked Lanes Violation
- Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash
On Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021 at approximately 3 p.m, Raynham Police responded to a report of a drunk driver inside a hotel parking lot on Paramount Drive. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect vehicle, a black Nissan Altima, and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and drove away from police in an erratic manner.
Officers, with the oversight and monitoring of a supervisor, pursued the vehicle fearing the driver could be a danger to himself and other motorists and pedestrians in the area. The vehicle attempted to enter a crowded retail parking lot nearby, and at that time officers maneuvered in such a way that the suspect’s vehicle was forced to stop. One police cruiser sustained minor body damage in the maneuver, but no one was injured.
EVANS was placed under arrest and was subsequently transported to an area hospital due to his apparent state of intoxication. Police located a bottle of bourbon in the vehicle
EVANS was held on cash bail set at $2,540, and he will likely be arraigned Monday at Taunton District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.