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Driver charged after pedestrian struck in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police are investigating after they say a drunk driver hit a pedestrian with his truck Thursday morning.

According to the Providence Police Department, 51-year-old Jason Drapeau was driving in the area of Smith Street when he hit a pedestrian.

Police said witnesses tried to stop Drapeau from fleeing the scene, but when officers arrived he was there by himself.

Drapeau is being charged with a DUI and chemical test refusal. 

The victim, a 45-year-old male, was taken to the hospital for chest pain and a head injury. Police say those injuries are not considered life-threatening.

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