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A 2017 Nissan Rogue shows damage sustained in a DUI crash on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of the Richmond Police Department

RICHMOND — A Connecticut man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and was involved in a crash has been charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Richmond police arrested Michael J. Methot, 27, of Bristol, Conn., on Jan. 19. He was arraigned and granted permission to return to Connecticut, according to court records that also showed he subsequently pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge.

According to police, officers were called to I-95 North around 4:45 a.m. after receiving reports that a 2017 Nissan Rogue SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway near the Exit 3 off-ramp.

While approaching the highway, officers said they came upon a guardrail in the center median of Main Street that “was heavily damaged including destruction of several signs that had been sheared away.”

One of the officers followed damaged parts of the SUV that were left behind by the crash and found Methot parked behind a building at 139 Kingstown Road. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested.

At the station, police said Methot agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned blood-alcohol content readings of .175 and .168 in separate phases.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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