WARWICK, RI (AP) – A Rhode Island State Police Soldier was taken to hospital with what was described as “moderate injuries” after their car was struck during a check-up road by an allegedly weakened driver, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.
The soldier, whose name has not been released, stopped a Toyota sedan on Interstate 95 south in Warwick around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the statement said. Both vehicles entered the recovery lane and the patrol car’s hazard warning lights were on.
Seconds later, a Nissan sedan veered into the recovery lane, struck the patrol car and pushed it into the Toyota, police said. The soldier was taken to hospital in Rhode Island. The Toyota driver was not injured.
The Nissan driver, a 54-year-old man from Warwick, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to hospital where he agreed to provide a blood sample, police said. He was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
State Police Commander Col. James Manni said in a statement that this was the 19th time this year that an agency cruiser has been hit.