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Published on April 13, 2024
Dramatic Escape Attempt on Martha's Vineyard as Suspect Rams Police, Drives Truck Into Ocean to FleeSource: Facebook/Oak Bluffs Police Department

A dramatic escape attempt on Martha's Vineyard ended with a splash as a man, wanted for domestic violence, rammed his pickup truck into a police cruiser before launching it off a ferry ramp into the ocean. As reported by, the wild incident unfolded Thursday night when Oak Bluffs Sgt. Christopher Wiggin, on spotting the suspect's Ford F-250 truck, attempted a traffic stop on Masonic Avenue.

In a statement obtained by, police said the truck abruptly stopped, but the suspect suddenly reversed and rammed the cruiser head-on, significantly damaging it. Unable to keep up due to the cruiser's condition, Wiggin managed to maintain visual contact, eventually witnessing the truck spring off into the sea.

The driver was observed swimming from the scene, then scaling a ladder onto a piling before state police, Oak Bluffs Fire Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard intervened. Eventually, the man surrendered and was taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for minor hand injuries sustained during self-extrication, as per police.

According to a Boston 25 News report, the suspect, whose identity remains undisclosed due to state laws around domestic violence cases, was slapped with a plethora of charges. These include two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, and one involving assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – the car.

After being released from the hospital Thursday evening, he was booked into Dukes County Jail and had his arraignment Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, his truck took a watery pause, still submerged near the Steamship Authority pier, where it waited for improved weather conditions for retrieval. The Steamship Authority, in cooperation with law enforcement's investigation, is combing through video footage from the incident, looking for releasable material within its security procedure bounds.