Woman, 22, charged with DUI after crashing into 2 state police cruisers

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after two Rhode Island State Police cruisers were hit by a suspected drunk driver in Providence overnight.

Katie Tornez, 22, of Providence, appeared in front of a judge Monday morning on charges of driving under the influence (BAC unknown) and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

State police say Tornez was “heavily intoxicated” when she swerved into the breakdown lane of I-95 South, just past the Rt. 146 merge, around 12:30 a.m. and rear-ended one cruiser, pushing it to the left, and continued forward striking a second cruiser.

The troopers were originally on the side of the road with their emergency lights on investigating another two-car crash when Tornez struck the cruisers.

A 12 News viewer captured Tornez being taken into custody on camera.

One trooper was transported to The Miriam Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

Tornez was released on personal recognizance.

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