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Saturday, October 25, 2008

By Michael McKinney staff writer

PROVIDENCE - Two men in a vehicle that the police said tried to run down an East Providence police officer who then fired at it Thursday were arraigned in District Court, Providence, yesterday.
Zachary Q. Hazard, 20, of East Providence, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to attempted larceny and injuries, attempted larceny under $500 and tampering with a motor vehicle. He received a one-year suspended sentence and one-year probation.
Ro O. Flowers, 21, who originally gave a Providence address but said at the arraignment that he was living in Kansas, was given bail of $25,000 with surety, according to East Providence Police Chief Hubert Paquette. That requires posting 10 percent of the amount in cash or the full amount in property. Flowers was being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Flowers is charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless/eluding high-speed pursuit, operating with a suspended license, conspiracy to attempt larceny, tampering with a motor vehicle and attempted larceny under $500.
Patrolman Ryan Vose was working undercover when he fired at the vehicle as the driver tried to run him down in a parking lot off Veterans Memorial Parkway Thursday afternoon, according to the police.
Vose has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard procedure, Paquette said.
The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. as the officer was conducting surveillance of the lot that overlooks the East Bay Bike Path and Narragansett Bay. He was on foot and in plain clothes, Paquette said, and was assigned to the area in response to recent car breaks and larcenies.
The officer at first saw two women stretching and preparing to exercise on the bike path. The police said Vose saw a vehicle enter the lot. One man got out, ran to another vehicle and smashed the window, according to the police.
Vose approached and displayed his badge, according to the police, and the man returned to the vehicle. The driver then drove toward the officer, who fired at the car, and the suspects sped away, the police said. No one, including the officer, was injured, according to the police. Hazard and Flowers were arrested minutes later near Exit 7 on Route 195, near the Massachusetts line after police Lt. Bruce Kidman spotted the suspects and their vehicle, which had a flat tire, and called for support. Officers converged on the vehicle near the Route 195 exit and made the arrest without incident.
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