WESTERLY — A 19-year-old Mystic man is facing charges after police said he caused a head-on collision downtown on Tuesday evening while driving under the influence. After the crash, police pursued him on foot as he tried to escape.
The man, William Charette, 19, of 47 Hilltop Road, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, refusal to submit to a chemical test, failure to stop at an accident resulting in property damage and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
He was held overnight and arraigned Wednesday in Fourth Division District Court. He posted bail and is no longer in custody, according to court records.
According to a police report, Charette was arrested shortly after a low speed, head-on collision that occurred on High Street around 5:30 p.m. Police said Charette’s vehicle collided with a car and then hit a parked vehicle.
Police said Charette got out of his car and began running down High Street. He was located by an officer on foot and taken into custody, the police said.
Police Chief Richard Silva said Charette refused to cooperate with requests to take a breathalyzer test, leading to the additional charge.
Charette had fled from the police before. He was convicted in 2017 of eluding police in a high-speed pursuit after an incident in September in which he which he led a Hopkinton officer south on I-95 at speeds “in excess of 100 mph” before the officer called off the chase.
Charette, who was driving a car belonging to a girlfriend’s father, was eventually identified and pleaded no contest to one count of eluding police in a high-speed pursuit and reckless driving. He was sentenced to one year in prison, execution suspended, and was required to complete court-ordered counseling as well as paying court costs and fines.
As a result of the latest charges, court officials said he is considered to be in violation of the conditions of his previous release. Charette is due back in court March 7 for a violation hearing related to the earlier conviction, as well as for a pretrial conference in the Westerly case.