PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Police say that checking on an unregistered blue scooter led them to find a man with a gun and a wrecked car wanted in a hit and run with gunfire Wednesday afternoon.
The discovery began around 2 p.m., when two officers in the housing unit saw a man riding the scooter at Myrtle and Pine streets and noticed the license plate was reported stolen. The officers followed the scooter to 495 Pine St. and stopped Darnell Taylor, 18, after he tossed a loaded Kel-Tec pistol, according to a police report.
In the rear driveway nearby, the police saw a 2002 Nissan Altima idling empty, with its rear bumper hanging off and the driver’s side smashed. Police determined that this was the same vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that was also under investigation. Taylor told police that the car crashed as he was eluding people who were shooting at him, according to a police report.
The officers seized the gun and had the car towed. Taylor, of 16 Myrtle St., was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, driving with a suspended license and issued a summons for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Taylor was arraigned Thursday at District Court.