EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island State Police arrested a Fall River man for driving under the influence after he was involved in a a motor vehicle accident involving three cars on Route 195 west in the East Providence Thursday, April 17.
One of the operators was identified as, Luis Manuel Medeiros, 42, of 209 Brightman St., Apt. 2. While interacting with Mr. Medeiros, Troopers observed various indicators consistent with intoxication. Also traveling in the vehicle was an unrestrained seven-year-old male seated in the rear passenger seat.
Mr. Medeiros submitted to a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the scene, which he failed. Mr. Medeiros was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks. The juvenile was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers continued the investigation and spoke with several witnesses that stated they observed Mr. Medeiros traveling in an erratic manner and lose control on Route 195 west in Swansea. They followed Mr. Medeiros’ vehicle and observed it strike an unknown tractor-trailer in the Seekonk area. Mr. Medeiros fled that accident at a high rate of speed and entered the Rhode Island.
Upon entering the state, Mr. Medeiros continued to operate his vehicle in an erratic manner and was reportedly traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour. Mr. Medeiros then struck the rear of another vehicle, which caused it to strike a third vehicle.
Troopers contacted the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS), who later responded to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and assumed custody of the juvenile male.
Mr. Medeiros was held overnight at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and will be arraigned in Sixth District Court in Providence on the following charges: (1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs – B.A.C. Unknown – First Offense, ( 2) Reckless Driving, (3) Driving with a Suspended/Revoked License and (4) Chemical Test Refusal – First Offense.
Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 9-1-1 or *77 on their cell phone.