WESTERLY — A Bradford man is facing charges after the police said he fled a head-on collision that injured two people.
The man, John P. Vigue, 43, of 30 N. Capalbo Drive, was charged Aug. 1 with failure to stop at an accident resulting in personal injuries, reckless driving resulting in personal injuries, driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Vigue was also cited with laned roadway violations, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, passing in a no passing zone and driving the wrong way.
He was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court on Friday and held in lieu of a $10,000 surety bond pending a bond hearing scheduled for Aug. 14. He was also ordered to surrender and is prohibited from driving.
Several witnesses called police shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday to report that a pickup truck had struck a car head-on near the intersection of Bradford Road and Church Street. Another witness followed the truck, which had a disabled tire, to Capalbo Drive, where it crossed a yard and stopped in a driveway.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said an officer was dispatched to the crash site, along with Westerly Ambulance personnel and volunteers with the Dunn's Corners Fire Department, while a second officer was sent to Vigue's home.
The damaged tire had left a noticeable trail, and when the officer arrived, Vigue was standing outside his heavily damaged 2008 Toyota Tacoma smoking a cigarette, the police said. He approached the officer and said he had been in the collision.
The police said Vigue was southbound on Bradford Road when he came upon two cars waiting to turn left onto Church Street. He tried to pass both those cars on the left and hit a 2013 Dodge Caravan head-on, heavily damaging the both vehicles.
The police said the driver of the van, a 62-year-old Charlestown woman, and a 61-year-old man from Bradford who was a passenger, complained of pain and were taken by Westerly Ambulance to a hospital where they were treated and released.
Vigue was not injured, but showed signs of intoxication, the police said. He failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.