3 injured in overnight crash on Old Shannock Road; driver facing DUI charges

3 injured in overnight crash on Old Shannock Road; driver facing DUI charges

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CHARLESTOWN — A 19-year-old Charlestown man is facing DUI charges after he and two passengers were injuired in a crash on Old Shannock Road early Tuesday.

The man, Jonathan Cornell, of 161 Biscuit City Road, Apt. B, was charged with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, possession of alcohol by a minor, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was also cited with a laned roadway violation, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to maintain control of the vehicle, and failure to provide evidence of insurance.

Cornell was treated at a hospital for his injuries before his arrest. He was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court and pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. Court records show that he was ordered held without bond after being presented as a bail violator in a recent domestic case.

Charlestown police, firefighters with the Charlestown-Richmond and Cross’ Mills fire departments, and Hope Valley Ambulance personnel were called to the scene at about 12:11 a.m. Richmond police, who were first on scene, also assisted, officials said.

Charlestown Police Chief Michael Paliotta said a preliminary investigation determined that a 1997 Pontiac Firebird driven by Cornell had struck a utility pole, causing considerable damage to the pole and the car.

Cornell and his two passengers were injured. A 15-year-old Bradford girl was taken to South County Hospital, and an 18-year-old Westerly man was taken to Westerly Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. Their injuries were not considered to be serious or life-threatening, Paliotta said. Their names were not released.

Cornell showed signs of intoxication at the scene, Paliotta said. Officials indicated that he refused a breathalyzer test at the hospital. The police also said that alcohol was found in the car.

Cornell was previously arrested on Memorial Day and charged with simple assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct in a domestic case in Westerly. He pleaded not guilty on June 8. According to court records, Cornell is due back in court for a hearing in both cases on June 27.



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