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Man pleads guilty in crash with cyclists

WAKEFIELD — A Charlestown man admitted to impaired driving in a crash that injured two bicyclists on Ashaway Road in Hopkinton on Sept. 28.

Joseph Cherenzia, 50, of 30 Driftwood Lane, Charlestown, pleaded no contest to a Hopkinton police charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs before 4th Division District Court Judge Madeline Quirk Tuesday.

Cherenzia entered his plea as he stood with his lawyer, Louis Cappuccio Jr., as the case was scheduled for a trial.

Charlestown prosecutor Todd Romano said that if the case had gone to trial he would have proved that Cherenzia was under the influence of drugs when he was driving the pickup truck involved in a crash with two of nine bicyclists on a ride through town.

Those two cyclists, who police said hit the truck as it turned in front of them, were taken by ambulance to South County Hospital where they were treated for injuries.

Cherenzia was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, blood alcohol content unknown.

Police said although Cherenzia’s Breathalyzer test showed a zero reading, it was determined by a law enforcement drug investigation expert that he was under the influence of drugs. He refused a blood test, according to police.

Judge Quirk sentenced Cherenzia to 10 hours of community service, a $100 fine, a three month loss of license and attendance at DWI school. Charges at Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal were dismissed.



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