STAFF REPORTS

At 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, a Rhode Island State Trooper was injured when his cruiser was rammed along Interstate 95 in Warwick.

State Troopers from Lincoln Woods and Wickford Barracks, along with members of the Warwick Fire Department, responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 95 South at Route 37 in the town of Warwick.

“As a result of the investigation, the three right-hand lanes of the freeway were closed, consequently forcing traffic into the high-speed lane,” according to a statement from the RISP. “A Trooper, who was in his cruiser with the emergency lights on and blocking the third lane of traffic, was then rammed by another vehicle which failed to move or stop.”

The driver of the vehicle which failed to move has been identified as Christopher Warrener, 36, from Coventry.

Although Warrener “did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash”, he reportedly “showed obvious signs of intoxication at the scene”.

Warrener was taken into custody without incident, transported to Wickford Barracks and held overnight pending his morning arraignment in Third District Court, according to the RISP.

He was charged with driving under the influence of 0.15 or more (first offense, blood alcohol level of 0.228 and 0.235) and dangerous driving resulting in physical injury.

The Rhode Island State Trooper, who has not been identified, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital by Warwick Rescue with minor injuries.

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