Police in Bristol arrested a man they said attempted to run down an officer following a suspicious vehicle complaint.
According to police, the arrest stemmed from an incident earlier in the day on Thursday at 10:45 a.m., when an officer responded to the area of 26 Birchwood Dr. to investigate a complaint of a suspicious person and vehicle.
The officer observed a 2014 Hyundai with a New York license plate and made contact with the driver, later identified as Michael Lowry of Bristol.
The officer then saw Lowry shift his car to drive and turn the steering wheel toward the officer while rapidly accelerating. The officer said he was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.
Police said Lowry then sped off toward the area of Farmington Avenue. The officer applied for a warrant, which was granted by a Bristol Superior Court judge.
Later Thursday evening, Lowery was spotted driving the vehicle in the area of 1299 Stafford Ave. Officers attempted to stop Lowery however he was able to elude them by once again driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner.
Lowery subsequently parked the vehicle and then attempted to escape on foot; however, he was spotted walking on Farmington Avenue in the vicinity of Collins Road. Officers then took Lowery into custody without a struggle.
Lowery was charged with criminal attempt at assault on a police officer, second-degree criminal attempt at assault, reckless driving and disobeying an order of a police officer. He also faces a number of motor vehicle violations.
Police said his bond was set at $50,000 for the assault charges and $15,000 for the motor vehicle charges.
No offers were hurt during the encounters with Lowry.
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