JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A man is under arrest after fleeing from police after a hit-and-run crash and eventually causing seven more car crashes before his capture.
State Police said Aaron Michael Rugar, 23, of Torrington, Conn. was the suspect in a hit-and-run crash in Foster Friday afternoon at the intersection of Routes 6 and 94. The other driver involved wasn’t seriously hurt and was able to provide Foster police with a detailed description of Rugar.
Two Foster police officers spotted Rugar outside a Dunkin Donuts just over the line in Scituate, and when he saw them he got back into his vehicle – which police said was stolen from Vernon, Connecticut earlier in the day – and fled the parking lot, in the process backing into a pickup truck, nearly striking one of the Foster officers who had gotten out of his car and was approaching on foot, and hitting that officer’s police cruiser. Rugar was gone before the officers could pursue but they put his description out to nearby departments.
Johnston police spotted the car later on Route 6 in their town and tried to stop him; he struck five more cars while trying to evade them before his car was disabled. He abandoned the car and fled on foot, but was caught outside the Cumberland Farms on Hartford Avenue by both Johnston officers and State Troopers..
Rugar claims to be homeless, according to police, though his last known address is on Hotchkiss Place in Torrington. He is facing multiple charges following the pursuit:
- One count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle
- One count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon (for driving the car to drive towards the Foster police officer)
- One count of receiving stolen goods
- Seven counts of duty to stop in an accident with an attended vehicle
State Police said no serious injuries were reported by the occupants of the vehicles who were struck. Rugar was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries, and will spend the night at state police headquarters before he’s arraigned sometime on Saturday.