WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a Rhode Island State Police cruiser was hit by a suspected drunk driver on I-95 in Warwick.
Richard Stanley, 54, of Warwick, has been charged with driving under the influence (BAC pending), and driving to endanger resulting in personal injury.
Officials say the trooper was conducting a motor vehicle stop in the breakdown lane with the emergency lights on when Stanley veered into the breakdown lane and struck the cruiser. The cruiser was forced forward after being hit and subsequently struck the vehicle that was pulled over.
State police say both Stanley and the trooper, who has not been identified, were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.
The driver in the car that was pulled over was not injured and was released from the scene.
Stanley was later transported to State Police Headquarters where he was processed, specially arraigned by the Justice of the Peace and released into the custody of a responsible adult.
“Our Troopers are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to assist motorists and enforce our traffic safety laws, but we need Rhode Islanders to do their part,” said Col. James Manni said. “Slow down and move over when you see an emergency vehicle and very simply, don’t drink and drive.”
Manni said this is the 19th time a state police cruiser has been his this year.