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December 31, 2007
Photo: Teen faces drunk driving charges after man struck
Providence Journal/Mary Murphy
Scene on Poppasquash Road in Bristol, overlooking Bristol Harbor, next to Colt State Park where a 17-year-old Barrington boy led police on a chase across the park off the road, through brush, into this seawall and striking a pedestrian before coming to a stop.
A 17-year-old Barrington male was arrested for drunken driving after a police chase that began in Colt State Park ended with a pedestrian pinned under the teenager's car, according to state police.
Deputy Chief Kurt Blanchard at the state Department of Environmental Management said environmental police saw the suspect drive through the park at about 8:15 Saturday night. The suspect stopped the car near the entrance to the park, but took off as the patrol officer approached, according to Blanchard.
At that point, the teenager, who was alone in the car, drove through a field and out onto Poppasquash Road, Blanchard said. At about 8:30 p.m., the environmental police notified the state police.
A 51-year-old local man saw the car approaching and jumped over the seawall "just in time," according to State Police Capt. James Swanberg. The car crashed into the seawall, pinning the man.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.
The police found opened and unopened alcohol containers and marijuana in the car, Swanberg said, and, "troopers observed him to be impaired." After administering field sobriety tests, the teenager was arrested.
The teenager faces drunken driving charges, as well as charges for driving while in possession of a controlled substance. He also faces several citations from the DEM for being in the park after hours and having alcohol in the park.
Since he is 17, the teenager will face the charges in Family Court.
“This is yet another sad incident in a string of tragedies involving our youth, particularly those from Barrington. Fortunately, in this instance, the victim has survived," said Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
“We have been involved and working with law enforcement since the outset and are reviewing the case with the Rhode Island State Police and the DEM to determine the appropriate charges. Once that process has been completed, we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” Lynch said.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
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