EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Impaired drivers are being blamed for two crashes over the weekend.

The first happened just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Rhode Island State Police said 56-year-old Jay J. Petit was driving the wrong way on Natick Avenue in Cranston.

Petit merged onto the exit ramp from I-295 North to Route 37 West, still heading in the wrong direction, according to police. He then crashed head-on into another car.

Police said Petit ran off after the crash and was later taken into custody. He faces several charges including driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs resulting in serious bodily injury.

Petit was arraigned by a justice of the peace and released to the care of Roger Williams Medical Center, police added.

The driver of the second car was brought to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

About four hours after that incident, another crash involving an alleged drunk driver happened on I-95 South in Providence.

Rhode Island State Police said one of their troopers was clearing debris from the highway about 500 feet north of Route 6 in Providence when a pickup truck hit the back of the cruiser.

The driver, Curt Litaway of Fall River, was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs resulting in serious bodily injury.

Neither the state trooper nor Litaway were injured.