HYANNIS – According to a report filed by Patrolman Daniel Ruth of the Barnstable Police Department, on Tuesday, 11/6/18, at 9:53 pm, he was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle pulling into a driveway of an unoccupied home on Ripple Cove Road when he observed a black SUV driving around in the area.
Patrolman Ruth attempted to pull in behind and investigate the black SUV when it suddenly sped away from his cruiser, making a quick turn onto Ripple Cove Road. Patrolman Ruth activated his emergency blue lights, but the SUV continued to accelerate and would not stop.
Patrolman Ruth notified dispatch and turned on his sirens, but the SUV still would not stop, pulling into the driveway of 37 Ripple Cove Road at full speed.
Patrolman Ruth pursued as the SUV drove into the backyard to the rear of 37 Ripple Cove Road.
There was a short foot pursuit toward a rear basement slider door. Patrolman Ruth drew his Taser and ordered the suspect to stop and show his hands, but the suspect reportedly didn’t stop, and kept attempting to open the slider door.
Patrolman Ruth deployed his Taser as the suspect reportedly ignored commands and opened the slider. The Taser prongs struck the plastic door frame just missing the suspect as he ran inside. The suspect then quickly locked the slider behind him and attempted to hide.
Additional squad cars where dispatched to assist.
Officers gained access to the residence through another rear door and zeroed in on the suspect inside the home. When officers made contact, the suspect walked toward them with his hands in the air. He was ordered to his knees and handcuffed.
Upon further investigation, officers learned the suspect did not reside at 37 Ripple Cove Road, but that he was, in fact, doing tile work at the residence. The home owner was contacted and confirmed the suspect’s story, but also added that he shouldn’t be inside the home at 9:53 in the evening.
Officers eventually suspected the suspect of driving while under the influence of Alcohol. He reportedly had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Opened cold beer cans were found in the center console of the black SUV.
It was also learned that the suspect had his MA drivers license suspended “for lifetime” due to major prior offenses, including OUI.
During booking, the suspect reportedly failed field sobriety tests.
Matthew C. Jones, age 42, of Hyannis was charged with his 3rd Offense OUI-Liquor, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License – Subsequent Offense, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in Motor Vehicle, and B&E for a Misdemeanor.
Jones was arraigned Wednesday at Barnstable District Court. He was ordered to pay $2500 cash bail and remain sober. At the time of the report, Jones was unable to post bail and was being held at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne.
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law…
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