After a crash Tuesday night, Rhode Island State Police cruisers have now been struck by passing motorists 19 times in 2021.
At approximately 5:28 p.m. on December 28, a Rhode Island State Soldier made a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 South, just south of the Service Road overpass in the town of Warwick.
Both vehicles came to a complete stop in the recovery lane on the right side of the freeway, and the car’s hazard warning lights were activated, according to an RISP press release.
“A few seconds later, a Nissan sedan, traveling in the second lane of Route 95 South and approaching the Service Road overpass, veered onto the first lane of traffic and entered the recovery lane,” according to the state police. “As a result, the front passenger side of the Nissan struck the rear driver’s side of the state police police car. Subsequently, the cruiser, a Ford Explorer, was pushed forward and struck the vehicle that had been stopped, a Toyota sedan.
The driver of the Toyota did not report any injuries and was released from the scene, but the state soldier sustained moderate injuries and was rushed to Rhode Island hospital, state police say .
“The operator of the Nissan, identified as Richard Stanley, 54, of Warwick, also suffered moderate injuries and was taken to hospital in Rhode Island where he agreed to provide a blood sample,” according to the state police. “He was then released, transported to state police headquarters and brought to justice before a justice of the peace. “
Stanley was charged with driving under the influence and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
“Our soldiers are putting themselves at risk every day to help motorists and enforce our road safety laws, but we need Rhode Islanders to do their part,” State Police Col. James M. Manni said. , Rhode Island State Police Superintendent and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “Slow down and go forward when you see an emergency vehicle and quite simply don’t drive drunk. This is the 19th time that one of our cruisers has been hit this year and every incident could have ended in tragedy.