PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth man was arrested and charged with DUI after crashing into a truck driven by a Middletown police officer.
According to police, just before 11 p.m., officers were called to the area of East Main Rd. and Sea Meadow Dr. for a report of head-on crash between two vehicles.
A preliminary investigation showed that an SUV had been traveling north on East Main Rd. when it crossed the double yellow lines and hit a pick-up that was traveling in the southbound lane head-on.
The driver of the SUV, identified as 39-year-old Celio Da Silva Aleixo, of Portsmouth, showed signs of impairment at the scene and was taken into custody.
The Middletown police officer who was driving the pick-up to work, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries; he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and is being treated for his injuries.
Da Silva Aleixo was charged with DUI Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.
He was arraigned and released on $5,000 surety bail and is expected back in court next week.
The crash remains under investigation by the Portsmouth Police Detective Division and the Portsmouth Police Accident Reconstruction Unit.