RI man charged for striking police cruiser twice

Saturday August 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Authorities say an Exeter man is facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to stop at a red light and striking a state police cruiser before trying to flee the scene and hitting the cruiser a second time in Providence, causing the police vehicle to spin 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

James Hall's vehicle then hit an empty car parked on Broad Street before troopers blocked his path and arrested him at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, state police said in a statement.

Hall, 46, disputed police allegations that he was trying to flee. He said flip flops he was wearing got stuck on the accelerator pedal as he tried to stop after the initial crash, causing his vehicle hit the cruiser again and slam into the second vehicle.

"I wasn't trying to elude. I had flip flops on and that's what happened," Hall said.

No one was injured during the incident, said state police Lt. Paul Olszewski.

Hall said he was cooperative with police after the crash, was forthright in admitting that he was drinking and did not refuse tests that police said showed he had alcohol in his body that was almost twice the legal limit.

Hall said he has no legal representation. He was arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks before a Justice of the Peace. He was released pending a future court appearance on charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of accident.


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