Barrington teenager rolls car, charged with DUI


Barrington police and firefighters responded to single-car accident on Kent Street at 12:14 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, and later charged the driver of the car with DUI.

Police said 18-year-old Emma Sullivan, of Barrington, was driving a 2008 Honda west on Kent Street when she lost control of the vehicle.

First responders said the car crossed the center line and plowed 50 or 60 feet through the woods behind Hampden Meadows School (opposite the intersection with Old Chimney Road), crashed through several trees and rolled over at least one time.

It finally came to rest on its wheels, with the Honda facing the opposite direction it had initially been traveling.

First responders said crews had to use a chainsaw to cut through the dense woods to gain access to the car.

“The single unrestrained occupant of the car was pinned in the backseat on the floor behind the driver and passenger seats,” reported the fire department. “The Jaws of Life were used to cut the driver side rear door out in order to treat the patient and prepare for transport.”

A Barrington police officer interviewed Ms. Sullivan following the accident; he said she smelled of alcohol and was exhibiting signs that she was intoxicated. Police said she had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

The report stated that the officer asked her if she knew where she was and she initially told him “Washington, D.C.” Police said she later told the officer she was in Rhode Island. She reportedly told police she had been at a restaurant earlier that night but did not know the name of it.

Ms. Sullivan, of 15 Jennys Lane, allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test. Police charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol-first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police also charged her with possession of a fake ID after officers allegedly found three fake identification cards in her possession.

Rescue workers transported Ms. Sullivan to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of a head injury incurred during the crash. Officials said Ms. Sullivan was not wearing a seatbelt during the accident.


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