Suspected car thief faces judge after 4-vehicle crash

Blackstone Valley

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man accused of stealing a car and crashing into three other vehicles while attempting to flee from police faced a judge late Tuesday morning.

His face covered in cuts and bruises, Jonathan Winiarski was arraigned on charges of larceny over $1,500 and driving without a license.

Woonsocket police allege Winiarski, 31, stole a Toyota Camry left running outside a Dunkin’ on Cumberland Street Monday evening. Deputy Police Chief Michael Lemoine said an officer conducting radar surveillance saw the vehicle speed by.

“The car was traveling at such a high rate of speed that [the officer] lost sight of the car fairly quickly. It was at least 70 miles per hour,” Lemoine said.

Winiarski eventually crashed the car into three other vehicles on Mendon Road in the area of Route 99, according to police.

Police said Winiarski ran from the scene but was eventually found on Olive Street and arrested. He and some people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Winiarski was ordered held on $10,000 surety bail following his arraignment.

Police said Winiarski has a lengthy criminal history which includes being arrested in 2006 for stealing a car and crashing into a police cruiser. They also noted that he had a Superior Court bench warrant out for his arrest at the time.

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