Crash leaves Woonsocket police cruiser on its roof

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Crash leaves Woonsocket police cruiser on its roof

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A young Woonsocket police officer has been released from the hospital following a crash that left his cruiser on its roof.

According to Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates, the 21-year-old officer was on patrol when at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday he hit a parked pickup truck on Rathbun Street, causing his cruiser to roll over.

The officer was wearing his seat belt and was trapped inside the vehicle until first responders arrived.

The cause of the crash is being investigated but Oates said the officer was not on a call or involved in any pursuit at the time. He also ruled out a medical emergency.

“It appears now it’s not a case that he was driving excessively or recklessly,” Oates said. “We’ll determine what the cause of the accident and whatever that is, we’ll take the appropriate action.”

Oates said the officer has been with the department since December and typically works the overnight shift.

“It’s not uncommon with officers that work those midnight to 8 shifts to have these type of accidents, where there is the potential that he just fell asleep, so that’s part of the investigation,” he added.

The officer was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment and has since been released with minor bruises.

The cruiser was towed from the scene back to Woonsocket police headquarters. Oates said it’s too early to tell if it’s considered totaled.

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