Man sought by Wareham Police turns himself in

Jul 20, 2018

A man who reportedly fled from police and nearly hit an officer with his car on July 16 has turned himself in to Wareham District Court.

Jazz Tavares, 29, of New Bedford, allegedly sped away from police with a woman passenger after being stopped on Hathaway Street by Officer Charles Pillsbury for a revoked license.

Police said Pillsbury, who was working off-duty detail, had to run out of the way to avoid being hit when Tavares stepped on the gas.

Police later found Tavares' car on Cranberry Highway near New England Farms, but Tavares was no longer driving.

Instead it was his passenger, Kristina Boucher-Szwedko, 26, of Mattapoisett with two small children in the backseat. She reportedly refused to cooperate with police and was arrested by Officer James White. The children were taken by a family member who arrived on scene.

Boucher-Szwedko 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.

Tavares turned himself on Thursday, July 19. He is being charged for assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and operating with a suspended driver’s license.

Tavares posted $1,000 bail and is due to return to court on Aug. 13.