Police: Man hits 35 vehicles in Providence, charged with DUI


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Foster man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police say he hit dozens of cars in Providence while driving erratically.

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.

While driving at approximately 15 mph, Verdi said the driver hit 35 vehicles and continued on before being taken into custody at the corner of Elmwood and Lexington Avenues.

Verdi said of the 35 cars hit, only one of them had a person inside. No injuries were reported.

The driver, identified as Christopher Paolissi, was suspected of DUI and transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he submitted a blood test.

Paolissi was arrested on several charges including DUI, reckless driving and failure to stop during an accident involving an attended vehicle.

He will be summoned by the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal on 34 counts of duty to report an accident involving an unattended vehicle.

Paolissi is currently under prisoner watch and is being treated for minor injuries.

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