Cumberland woman facing charges following alleged high speed attempt to escape Burrillville police


BURRILLVILLE – A Cumberland woman is facing multiple charges after leading Burrillville officers on a chase into North Smithfield in late October, which only ended after they caught up with her as she tried to flee on foot, according to police.

Dawn Chamberlain, 51, was charged with eluding law enforcement, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and reckless driving following the incident on Saturday, Oct. 29.

According to the arrest report, police were dispatched to the DATTCO parking lot on Pascoag Main Street around 11:30 p.m. that evening for a report of a female screaming, and a Dodge pickup doing burnouts. The vehicle had reportedly left the lot by the time officers arrived, but a truck meeting the description was spotted in the parking lot of Pascoag Auto Parts.

The truck reportedly pulled on to South Main Street, and initially pulled over when police tried to conduct a traffic stop, but sped off as an officer approached the driver.

Driving away, the truck crossed over the double yellow lines passing other vehicles, with officers in pursuit as it traveled through Burrillville, then on to Broncos Highway, running a red light as it traveled into North Smithfield. The truck traveled at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour in the 45mph zones, according to officers.

Once in North Smithfield, the vehicle turned onto St. Paul Street, and the headlights were turned off headlights the driver pulled into a commercial lot in what officers described as, “an obvious attempt to hide.” The driver, later identified as Chamberlain, then exited the vehicle and began to run.

Police quickly caught up, and Chamberlain was taken into custody. She was issued several traffic citations in addition to the criminal charges.

Chamberlain was release on $4,000 personal recognizance following arraignment in 6th District Court, but the following day, the Cumberland Police Department filed a felony charge against her of driving without consent of the owner. She was held without bail on Tuesday, Oct. 31, and is due back in court on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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