NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Bryant University men’s basketball head coach Jared Grasso, who’s taken a leave of absence from the team, was arrested in connection with a car crash last week.
According to a police report, Grasso was charged with “failure to stop for accident resulting in damage to vehicle,” a misdemeanor, following an incident on Oct. 1.
Just after 8 p.m. last Sunday, a woman said she was driving on Route 146 South by the West Acres Interchange in North Smithfield when a vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed on her left, sideswiped her vehicle, then continued down the highway.
The woman gave police the vehicle’s license plate, which was found to be registered to Grasso.
The next day, police went to speak with Grasso at his home and noticed “scratches and black scuff marks along the entire side” of his vehicle, according to the report.
When questioned, Grasso said he was at a Smithfield restaurant the night before and noticed the damage before he left.
After officers examined the damage further, they determined that the vehicle was the one involved in the collision and that Grasso was the one driving, police said.
At that time, Grasso told police he wanted to see his attorney.
The following morning, Grasso and his lawyer went to the North Smithfield Police Department so he could surrender.
Grasso was booked and released. He is due in court on Oct. 24.
At this time, Bryant University has not said why Grasso was granted a leave of absence.