Man Wanted for Domestic Strangulation Arrested Following Fiery Crash

Saturday, February 09, 2019


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A man wanted for domestic strangulation was arrested by Cranston police on Thursday night after he crashed his Jeep in the area of Laurel Hill Avenue.

Richard Gobern, 29, of Woonsocket was wanted on a warrant for Domestic Strangulation and had a suspended license.

He was charged with the following:

  • 1 Count of Duty to Stop - Accident Resulting in Person Injury (31-26-1)
  • 1 Count of Reckless Driving (31-27-4)
  • 1 Count of Driving After Denial, Suspension, Revocation of License (31-11-18.1)
  • 1 Count of Pick-up on a Warrant on a Woonsocket Arrest and Affidavit for Domestic Strangulation
  • 1 Count of Pick-up on a Warrant for a Superior Court Bench Warrant
  • Numerous Traffic Violations


The Incident

On Thursday, February 7 at approximately 9:19 p.m., Cranston Police saw a red 2017 Jeep Compass with Massachusetts registration plates driving erratic in the area of Laurel Hill Ave at Farmington Ave.

The red Jeep abruptly tried to flee the area navigating through the Farmington Avenue and Terrace Avenue area. The officer was not in pursuit and momentarily lost sight of the vehicle as it eventually made its way onto Maplewood Avenue.

The Jeep continued on Maplewood Avenue westbound when it attempted to crossover Laurel Hill Avenue at a high rate of speed and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander broadside. The Toyota Highlander was redirected into and then up onto a retaining wall at 437 Laurel Hill Avenue. After striking the Toyota, the red Jeep hit the same retaining wall head-on and burst into flames.

The male operator, identified as Gobern, immediately fled on foot as additional officers gave chase.

Three women were also in the red Jeep and were able to get out, they all suffered non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the Toyota Highlander also suffered minor injuries.

The Cranston Fire Department extinguished the vehicle fire.


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