RICHMOND — A 71-year-old local resident and 39-year-old Coventry man are each facing charges after the police said both were involved in head-on crashes while driving under the influence.

Richmond police said John R. Crothers, of 32 Small Pond Road, was arrested on Saturday evening following a collision Saturday evening along Main Street, while Coventry resident John S. Emond was taken into custody following a separate crash on Kingstown Road Tuesday evening. Both are due in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment later this month, court records show.

The police said Crothers was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15 immediately following the crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m.

A police report indicated that Crothers was driving west along Route 138 and attempted to make a left turn into the Wyoming Package Store at parking lot. An investigation determined that he had cut directly into the opposing traffic and struck another car head-on in the eastbound lane.

The driver of the car traveling eastbound suffered minor injuries and was taken to South County Hospital by ambulance. Police did not release the name of the victim.

Crothers, who was not injured, showed multiple signs of intoxication and was taken into custody after he failed a field sobriety test. At the Richmond Police Department, he agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned blood alcohol content readings of .156 and .160 in separate phases.

He is due in court for arraignment on Feb. 13.

On Tuesday evening, the police said a witness called 911 around 7:10 p.m. to report a collision possibly involving a drunken driver.

An investigation determined that the caller was behind Emond's Subaru Forester as it was traveling west along Route 138 in the area of 49 Kingstown Road. The witness told police that they had driven behind Edmond for more than a mile and watched as he crossed the center line several times. As the caller picked up the phone, the police said Emond crossed again into the path of eastbound traffic.

The other driver swerved but was unable to avoid the collision, the police said. No injuries were reported.

The police said Emond failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody, but refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to submit to a chemical test.

Emond is due in court for arraignment on Feb. 20.

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