HOPKINTON — A Bradford woman is facing charges after the police said she was involved in a rear-end collision last week in Ashaway in which she and a passenger were unresponsive as a result of an apparent opioid overdose, the police said.
Hopkinton police charged the woman, Trinity R. Parmalee, 35, of 128 Alton Bradford Road, with driving under the influence and driving to endanger resulting in physical injury. She was also given citations for laned roadway violations, failure to maintain proper travel lane, and overtaking on the right. She was arraigned Tuesday and released on a promise to appear for a status conference on Sept. 11, according to court records.
Parmalee has also been referred to Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening on Nov. 26.
Hopkinton Police Capt. Mark Carrier confirmed that the charges stemmed from the collision on Aug. 22 near 233 Main St., just north of Maxson Hill Road. When the police arrived, Ashaway firefighters and a passing doctor were treating Parmalee and her passenger, a 36-year-old Hope Valley man, as they were lying in the grass unconscious and not breathing, the police reported.
"They were already being treated for a suspected overdose," Carrier said. "We have not received any blood results yet, but she was charged based on evidence on scene and circumstances that suggest the crash was the result of a DUI."
Both were treated with naloxone and taken by Ashaway Ambulance to the emergency room at Westerly Hospital. At the hospital, both regained consciousness and the police said Parmalee agreed to a blood test.
An investigation, which cited numerous witnesses, determined that Parmalee was southbound on Main Street / Route 3 around 4 p.m. in a 2012 Hyundai Tucson when she passed one car on the right and hit a mailbox before crashing into the rear of a 2017 Dodge Journey. The driver of the second car, a 26-year-old Hope Valley woman, suffered from neck and leg pain and was taken by her husband to Westerly Hospital for evaluation.
The police said the woman told officers she had gotten out and approached Parmalee's Tuscon to ask if she and her passenger were OK, to which Parmalee replied "no" and explained that the man seemed really out of it. Other witnesses arrived and reported that at one point, both Parmalee and her passenger were unconscious, with Parmalee suffering from a seizure, and both were removed from the car and given treatment.
The police report said an officer spoke with the passenger at the hospital. He said that both he and Parmalee had taken pills, but he wasn't sure what they were, the police said. He said they had taken the pills while both were in the car and already on the road.
Hopkinton police relayed their findings to the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General for consultation before determining the what charges Parmalee would face.