Hingham police have made headway in identifying a man accused of trying to run over a Hingham police officer, and have obtained a corrected warrant for his arrest.
Though police initially believed the man had a different name, tips sent to detectives uncovered the suspect’s true identity.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating Bruno Vieira, 30, formerly of Malden.
Police said he is 6 foot 2, 280 pounds, with brown eyes and a tattoo on his upper right arm. He is known to use the last names of Brauer, Attala, and Perreira, and also had a previous address in Florida.
According to police, the suspect is from Brazil, and his residency status is undetermined. He may have attended Everett High School, and is known to be involved in auto sales and construction.
According to Hingham police, the incident occurred on June 7 at 10:38 p.m., when an officer responded to a report of a truck driving with its lights off through the Best Chevrolet on Derby Street.
The dealership is surrounded by a fence and a gate, and an employee working late saw the vehicle and called police.
Police arrived and saw the suspicious truck. When the suspect saw the police cruiser, he allegedly drove past the officer. Police said the suspect was wearing a black ski mask.
The officer drove after the suspect to attempt to pull him over, following the truck into a partially blocked alley. The suspect attempted to escape by driving into several parked cars; meanwhile, the officer got out of his vehicle, drew his gun, and ordered the driver to stop.
The truck then pulled forward and drove toward the officer, who jumped out of the way to avoid being struck. The officer was uninjured.
According to police, the truck smashed through the closed front gate and continued without lights onto Derby Street. Police followed the car as it entered into Weymouth and soon onto Route 3 south.
Police said the truck then crossed over the grass median and onto Route 3 north. Police ended the pursuit due to safety reasons, police said.
But though police hadn’t followed, the driver didn’t make it far. While on Route 3 north near the Weymouth-Braintree line, the truck crashed into another car. Upon impact, the truck rolled over and landed upright.
The suspect allegedly ran into the woods.
Police said occupants of the struck car were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Though two police K-9 units responded to the scene, they were unable to locate the driver.
Police said it appeared several tires were stolen from vehicles in the dealership, and burglary tools were recovered from the vehicle.
The truck also had a stolen New Hampshire license plate taped over the Massachusetts license plate. Though the New Hampshire license plate had been reported as stolen in Peabody, the truck was registered to a business in Milford, Massachusetts.
Police initially spoke to the business owner, who had the wrong name for the suspect. Based on his testimony and evidence found on the scene, an arrest warrant was issued.
Since receiving several tips, a revised warrant has been issued for Vieira. The warrant lists 17 charges, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon on an officer.
The warrant has been entered into the National Crime Information Center and has been issued nationwide. According to police, Vieira is also wanted in Florida for violation of probation for grant theft (2008) as well as an outstanding warrant from Malden District Court (2004) for receiving a stolen vehicle, driving to endanger, driving with a suspended license, and failure to stop for an officer.
The public is encouraged to contact Detective Philip Emmott at 781-749-1212 with any information. People can also leave an anonymous tip on the Drop-A-Dime link on the website www.hpd.org.
Anyone who knows of Vieira’s current location is asked to call local police.