Wareham Police seeking man for assault with a dangerous weapon
Wareham Police are actively seeking a man who allegedly fled police and nearly hit an officer with his car on Monday, July 16 after being stopped for a suspended license.
Officer Charles Pillsbury was working an off-duty detail on Hathaway Street around 10:50 a.m. when he noticed Jazz Tavares, 29, of New Bedford, driving by with a woman passenger.
Pillsbury was aware that Tavares had a revoked driver’s license and motioned for Tavares to stop.
After advising him that his license was revoked, Tavares reportedly said, “I can’t believe you are doing this to me while you’re on a detail.”
Tavares then stepped on the gas, causing Pillsbury to run out of the way to avoid being hit, police said. Pillsbury radioed a description of the vehicle and last direction of travel to headquarters.
Minutes later, the car was spotted by Department of Natural Resources Director and Harbormaster Garry Buckminster on Cranberry Highway near New England Farms.
Officers pulled the car over, but Tavares was no longer driving. Instead, it was Kristina Boucher-Szwedko, 26, of Mattapoisett, who was the passenger from before.
Boucher-Szwedko reportedly refused to cooperate with police and was arrested by Officer James White. She was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony, interfering with the duties of a police officer, and numerous motor vehicle violations as the car was both unregistered and uninsured with attached license plates.
Two small children in the car were removed and given to a family member who arrived on location.
The Wareham Police Department is now actively seeking Tavares for the charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and operating with a suspended driver’s license.
Tavares is well known by the police and was arrested in 2014 with a stolen firearm in his possession, police said.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Tavares should contact the Wareham Police Department at 508-295-1212.