Man who allegedly dragged Burrillville officers with car arrested by U.S. Marshals in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine – The man who briefly dragged two Burrillville police officers along Chapel Street with his vehicle in February was arrested on Thursday in Maine by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Tyler Perry, 29, of 62 Greene St., Woonsocket has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, possession of narcotics, reckless driving, resisting arrest, obstructing police and disorderly conduct.

Perry’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred on Saturday, Feb. 17, when he was stopped by Burrillville police for speeding on Chapel Street just before 10 p.m. Officers reportedly determined that Perry did not possess a valid license, registration or insurance.

According to police, Perry was told to exit the vehicle and displayed indicators of possible drug impairment. Officers reportedly saw him toss suspected narcotics over a nearby fence, but say he was able to wedge himself back inside his vehicle while resisting arrest.

Perry put the vehicle into drive, dragging Burrillville Police Sgt. Robert Veader and Officer Alex Rosa a short distance, before continuing at a high rate of speed, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle, according to police.

Burrillville Police enlisted the services of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force in investigating, tracking, and facilitating Perry’s apprehension on Thursday, March 14. Task Force members were able to identify Perry as a passenger in a motor vehicle and apprehend him without incident in Turner, Maine with the assistance of the Androscoggin County Sheriffs Department. Perry was arrested on warrants stemming from the charges and charged as a fugitive from justice.

Perry will be arraigned in Maine pending his extradition back to Rhode Island.

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