Rookie officer charged with DUI in crash that injured trooper, K9s


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ The off-duty probationary officer who crashed into a Rhode Island State Police cruiser earlier this month was under the influence at the time, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Police said Stephen Kennedy lost control of his vehicle on I-95 North near the Airport Connector and crashed into Trooper Dan O’Neil’s cruiser, which was parked on a grass shoulder.

The resulting crash injured everyone involved, including K9s Ruby and Koda, who were in the backseat of O’Neil’s cruiser.

Kennedy, according to police, showed signs of impairment at the scene of the crash. Police also found fentanyl and a firearm in his vehicle.

Police arrested Kennedy and charged him with DUI, possession of fentanyl, driving to endanger resulting in physical injury and carrying a weapon while under the influence of liquor or drugs.

Kennedy graduated from the Providence Police Academy in June 2019 had been working for the Providence Police Department as a probationary officer. A spokesperson for the department said he was relieved of his duties Thursday.

He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to be formally arraigned on March 3.

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