Man accused of driving drunk, hitting 44 cars faces judge

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One day after police said he left a trail of destruction in Providence, a Foster man appeared in court Wednesday morning to face several charges.

Christopher Paolissi is accused of hitting 44 cars with his vehicle while driving under the influence.

He was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, operating on a public highway in a reckless manner, and failure to stop and remain a the scene.

According to the Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi, officers received reports that a truck was driving slowly – but erratically – on the city’s south side.

Police said Paolissi – while driving at approximately 15 mph – hit dozens of vehicles and continued on before being taken into custody at the corner of Elmwood and Lexington Avenues.

Verdi said of the cars hit, only one of them had a person inside. No injuries were reported.

Bail was set at $7,500 with surety and a March 19 pretrial was set.

Paolissi was referred to pretrial services for alcohol/substance abuse assessment.

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