WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested a Johnston man accused of driving under the influence and crashing his minivan into an oncoming car in Warwick Wednesday night.
Ethan Mancini, 37, was taken into custody following the head-on crash. He’s been charged with driving under the influence and driving to endanger.
Investigators believe Mancini was driving down Post Road when he swerved over the center line and hit an oncoming car.
Police said Mancini smelled of alcohol, and bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech. Mancini admitted that he’d had a few drinks prior to getting behind the wheel, according to police, and officers found an open alcoholic beverage inside his mangled minivan.
The two women inside the car Mancini hit were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. Police said one of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition, while the other was seriously wounded and is expected to recover.
Mancini faced a judge Thursday morning and was released on $20,000 surety bail. He was also ordered not to drive and to undergo alcohol counseling.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Warwick Police Department Traffic Unit by calling (401) 468-4200. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by texting “WARWICKPD” to 847411.