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Individuals who struck police officer and fled appear in court

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Dee DeQuattro

Two individuals involved in an accident on Monday morning that sent a State Trooper and a Narragansett Police Officer to the hospital will appear in court Tuesday morning.

Police say a vehicle driven by 23-year-old James Mullin of Marlborough Massachusetts was speeding down Boston Neck Road in North Kingstown around 8:00 a.m. when a police cruiser began to pursue it. Mullin did not stop and the license plate was broadcast to area officers. A short time later a Narragansett Police Officer witnessed the vehicle again on Boston Neck Road once again the vehicle refused to stop.

The Narragansett officer and an unmarked detective car with lights flashing began to pursue the vehicle. Mullin then turned his vehicle around and headed towards the cruisers.

Police believe he intentionally struck the front end of the marked cruiser. After striking the cruiser Mullin's vehicle side swiped the detective cruiser. A detective who was standing outside the operator side of the unmarked cruise was struck by the suspect's vehicle.

Mullin took off from the scene heading toward Bonnet Shores Road where he lost control of the vehicle and veered off into a field. The passenger identified as 20-year-old Amy Iacovelli and Mullin refused to exit the vehicle when police approached the cruiser.

They were removed from the vehicle and transported to South County Hospital then released to State Police.

The officers were both treated at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and then released.

Both Iacovelli and Mullin will appear in Wakefield District Court this morning for a bail review.

Mullin, who has an extensive criminal record, was arraigned by a justice of the peace at State Police barracks yesterday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon (3 counts), leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury (2 counts), reckless driving/eluding, obstructing justice with a revoked driver's license and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $50,000 with surety. The investigation is continuing to determine whether Mullin was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

Iacovelli was arraigned and bail was set at $1,000 surety for a charge of obstructing justice and resisting arrest.

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