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Teen driver nearly hits police cruiser, faces numerous charges


CHARLESTOWN — A 17-year-old was charged with possession of heroin and other offenses after police say he nearly stuck a police cruiser in the breakdown lane on Monday.

Police Chief Jeffrey S. Allen said the department received a 911 call complaining of erratic operation of a vehicle. At about 8:30 p.m., an officer was on radar post on Route 91 near Hilltop Drive, he said, when the teen’s car entered the breakdown lane, nearly striking the cruiser.

The officer indicated it was the same vehicle he had observed with several additional motor vehicle violations.

The teen was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and refusal to submit to a chemical test as well as several moving violations. The juvenile was referred to Family Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

— A.J. Algier



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