Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Raynham Police to Charge to Woman Who Led Officers on Chase
Woman Sideswiped Two Raynham Police Cruisers on Route 24
RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department will charge a woman with multiple offenses after she allegedly led officers on a chase through town and onto Route 24 Monday night.
SAMANTHA COSTA, AGE 32, OF MARSHFIELD will be charged with:
- Failure to Stop for Police
- Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
- Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle) (Two Counts)
- Marked Lanes Violation
At approximately 8:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8, Raynham Police received a notification from the Bridgewater Police Department to be on the lookout for a woman, later identified as COSTA, driving a white pickup truck. COSTA was wanted for multiple offenses in Marshfield stemming from an incident earlier in the day.
A short time later, a Raynham Police officer observed COSTA’S vehicle on Pleasant Street as she passed him driving approximately 60 m.p.h.
The officer initiated a pursuit and followed COSTA as she swerved around a vehicle and turned onto Orchard Street. She continued down Orchard Street and turned onto Route 44 and took the nearby on-ramp onto Route 24 South.
With more officers now involved in the pursuit, COSTA sideswiped two Raynham Police cruisers on Route 24. The officers were uninjured, but the cruisers sustained scrapes and each had side mirrors broken off.
COSTA got off the highway onto Route 140. She drove through multiple communities and officers from those towns deployed tire deflation devices in attempt to get her to stop.
The pursuit was terminated when she drove through a red light in Fairhaven.
Later Monday night, she was located by Mattapoisett Police and subsequently placed her under arrest without further incident.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.