Driver wanted by authorities after Newport police cruiser crashes during pursuit

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NEWPORT — A Newport Police cruiser was involved in a crash last night following a vehicle pursuit.

At around 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday, a Newport Police officer monitoring traffic on Mt. Vernon Street says he observed two vehicles traveling east in a 25 m.p.h. zone, including an SUV and a red sedan believed to be a Volkswagen Jetta.

Police say the sedan passed the SUV at a speed of 72 m.p.h.

The officer immediately activated his lights and sirens and pursued the sedan onto Pine Hill Road, east onto 191 Access Road and then east onto Schuler Road, where both vehicles lost traction.

Police say the sedan regained control and fled the scene without crashing, while the cruiser left the roadway and crashed into a tree.

The officer was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from North Country Hospital. 

Anyone with information about the red sedan involved in this incident is being asked to contact Newport Police at 802-334-6733.

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