TAUNTON — A Taunton woman has been charged with vandalizing a car and three hit-and-run charges after she allegedly slashed the tires of a family member of the man she is divorcing and then a short time later rear-ended another car and crashed into two others while fleeing police — all on the same morning, police said.
Loriann Medeiros, 39, of 94 Johnson St., has been charged with malicious damage to a motor vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene after causing property damage, failure to stop for a police officer, a marked lines violation, operating to endanger and speeding.
Officers received a call about the first incident just before 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17. They were called to Dighton Road for a report of vandalism of a parked car. When police arrived, the report says, the victim told police his tires were slashed during the early morning hours and that the incident was caught on his Ring doorbell camera.
The victim showed police footage of the tire slashing, and said he knew who the woman on the video was. He said the woman was Medeiros, and that she had recently been living with them but was now in the process of a divorce with their son. He told police she had been “causing trouble ever since the break-up.”
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Police were notified of the second incident just before 8:10 a.m. when a man came to the station to report that his son had been the victim of a hit and run crash. He said his son was on Hart Street trying to turn into CVS when he was rear-ended by a white Kia SUV with a Florida license plate and smashed out back window which had taken off after hitting him.
While looking around for the vehicle, police received a call from a family member who identified the driver as Medeiros. Police were able to get Medeiros’s cell phone number and ping her phone, finding her near Weir House of Pizza. While converging on the area, an officer spotted the car and turned on his emergency lights to follow her.
Police said the car did not stop and was speeding. It took a right turn onto the Plain Street overpass bridge where it hit two other cars after crossing over into the opposite lane. The car kept going but eventually stopped after driving onto grass while missing a front wheel. Police said smoke was coming out of the car.
The officer got out of his car and pointed his weapon at Medeiros, but the report says she was distraught and didn’t listen to any verbal commands. Officers smashed her front window, took her out of the car and put her in handcuffs without incident.
Medeiros was previously charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after she allegedly lunged at people outside Smitty’s Bar after an argument in 2017.
She is being summonsed to Taunton District Court.