High-speed chase in Wareham leads to arrest of two on multiple charges

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WAREHAM — A routine traffic stop escalated into a high-speed pursuit late Tuesday night, ending with two arrests, including one individual wanted on serious criminal charges.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 7, a Wareham police officer pulled over a blue sedan on Onset Avenue.

The driver, Inasia Louis-Charles, appeared nervous while interacting with law enforcement.

The passenger, Lashii Ortiz, was identified and found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for armed home invasion, felony use of a firearm, and armed assault in a dwelling with a firearm stemming from an Oct. 31 incident in Wareham.

When the vehicle fled at speeds surpassing 100 mph, the chase ensued onto Cranberry Highway, Route 25, and Interstate 195 westbound.

Marion police successfully deployed tire deflation devices, and Ortiz fled on foot into nearby woods.

After a coordinated search by Wareham and Marion police departments, along with the Mattapoisett Police Department, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, and the Massachusetts State Police, Ortiz was apprehended.

Ortiz, 28, of New Bedford, was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Louis-Charles, 24, of Westport, faces charges including failure to stop for police, negligent operation, and other motor vehicle offenses.

She was taken into custody at the scene.

Both individuals were processed following the incident.

Ortiz was arraigned at the Wareham District 4th Court on Nov. 8.

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