Police: Woonsocket man crashes stolen car into 3 others

Blackstone Valley

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Woonsocket man was arrested Monday evening after police said he stole a car and crashed into three other cars in Cumberland.

Deputy Police Chief Michael Lemoine tells Eyewitness News a Toyota Camry was reported stolen from the Dunkin’ on Cumberland Street at Cass Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

Lemoine said the car’s owner had left it running in the parking lot.

Lemoine said an officer saw the vehicle on Cumberland Hill Road and began tracking the suspect’s vehicle. However, the officer lost track of it and eventually pulled over the wrong car. While the officer was at that traffic stop, Lemoine said calls began to come in about a crash on Mendon Road.

Police said the driver ─ later identified as Jonathan Winiarski, 31 ─ crashed into three other vehicles near Route 99 in Cumberland.

Lemoine said following the crash, Winiarski ran from the scene. He was eventually found and taken into custody on Olive Street.

Police later learned there was a bench warrant out for Winiarski’s arrest. He was charged with larceny over $1,500 and driving without a license.

Lemoine said some of the people involved in the crash suffered minor injuries, but would not provide any further details.

This story was edited from its original version. Police Tuesday said at no point was there a chase.

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