Charges upgraded in DUI crash that injured officer

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick man accused of driving drunk and hitting a city police officer with his vehicle is facing new charges.

The officer was conducting traffic on Warwick Avenue due to a power outage Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle making a left turn from Sandy Lane, according to police.

Investigators said the driver cut the turn short and was driving in the direction of oncoming traffic.

The officer was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment and was released Monday morning.

Police said the driver, identified as Thomas Horne, appeared to be under the influence and was arrested on DUI charges.

On Tuesday, Warwick police announced the charges had been amended due to the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the officer.

Horne, 64, of Church Avenue, is now facing charges of driving under the influence – resulting in serious bodily injury, driving to endanger – resulting in personal injury, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He’s scheduled to be arraigned August 2.

Police said Horne was also arrested on a DUI charge six years ago.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Capt. Connor or Sgt. John Kelly with the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4344.

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