PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four people — who police believe stole the van they were riding in — were sent to the hospital after the driver crashed into a utility pole in Providence.
Police tell Eyewitness News the crash was all caught on a nearby security camera. Upon impact, police said the utility pole broke into several pieces and fell onto a Domino’s building.
Providence Police Lt. Roger Aspinall said officers tried to pull the van over — believing it was involved in a robbery at a Federal Hill gas station. But the driver — identified by police as Raymond Grundy — sped off.
Aspinall said they later learned that two of Grundy’s accomplices — Amanda Verria and Gina Dorsey — asked the victim for a ride to a nearby gas station.
When they arrived, Grundy approached the vehicle and identified himself as a police officer an demanded money from the victim.
When the victim refused to comply, police said Grundy and his fourth accomplice — Alexander Haskin — shoved the man out of the driver’s seat of his van and stole it.
Aspinall said officers were led on a high-speed chase throughout Providence, which ended when Grundy crashed into the utility pole — located on Hartford Avenue.
The crash left dozens of nearby residents without power for hours. Aspinall said all for suspects were transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Grundy was charged with reckless driving and eluding police during a high-speed pursuit. He will also face charges related to the stolen vehicle, robbery and impersonating a police officer.
His three accomplices will be turned over to detectives for further investigation. Aspinall expects they will be charged as well.
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