WESTERLY — A Massachusetts man has been charged with driving under the influence after police said he ran a red light near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 78 on Tuesday afternoon and crashed into a car that was crossing onto Airport Road.
Westerly police, fire and ambulance personnel were called to the intersection just before 4 p.m. with reports of a crash involving injuries. The police said that a 2009 Honda CRV driven by Robert C. Bartolini, 35, of Franklin, Mass., heading south on Route 1, ran through the light and hit a 2005 Chevy Aveo driven by a 39-year-old Westerly man.
The impact damaged both vehicles, and the Aveo driver suffered an apparent head injury. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence for evaluation and released later in the evening, police said.
According to police, Bartolini was stumbling in the intersection when officers arrived. They tried to speak with him and found he was slurring his speech and had other signs of intoxication, although there was no smell of alcohol.
Bartolini had no other apparent signs of injury, according to a police report, and declined medical attention. He was given a field sobriety test and was arrested, the police said.
At the police station, an officer trained in drug recognition was assigned to evaluate Bartolini, but police said he refused to comply, and also declined requests that he submit to a blood test.
He was charged with driving under the influence, failure to submit to a chemical test, and failure to obey a traffic signal. He was later released on bond and is expected to appear in Fourth Division District Court in February.