Warwick Driver Strikes Trooper SUV, Arrested for DUI
WARWICK, RI — State Police charged a Warwick man with DUI after he struck a trooper’s SUV on Rte. 95 South, injuring the trooper and himself at about 5:28 p.m. Tuesday.
The trooper had just pulled a Toyota sedan over south of the Service Road overpass, in Warwick. Both vehicles were stopped in the breakdown lane, with the cruiser’s emergency lights on. Moments later, a Nissan sedan in the second lane of Rte. 95 South veered across the first lane of travel and entered the breakdown lane as it approached the Service Road overpass.
The front passenger side of the Nissan struck the rear driver’s side of the cruiser. The cruiser, a Ford Explorer, was forced forward and struck the Toyota.
The Toyota driver reported no injuries and was released from the scene. The Trooper sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The operator of the Nissan, identified as Richard Stanley, 54, of Warwick, also sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he consented to a blood sample.
Stanley was later released, and transported to State Police headquarters, where he was arraigned in front of a justice of the peace for 1. Driving Under the Influence, 2. Driving to Endanger Resulting in Personal Injury.
“Our Troopers are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to assist motorists and enforce our traffic safety laws, but we need Rhode Islanders to do their part,” said Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “Slow down and move over when you see an emergency vehicle and very simply, don’t drink and drive. This is the 19th time one of our cruisers has been hit this year and every incident could have ended in tragedy.”
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