Teen injured in crash; driver & passenger charged with DUI

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Two North Attleboro men were arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence Thursday following a crash that seriously injured a teenage passenger.

John Willette Jr., 21, and Luke Peters, 22, were taken into custody at about 12:30 a.m. on numerous charges.

According to Rhode Island State Police Captain William Jamieson, an argument broke out between the two men while they were driving on Rt. 146 northbound. When they neared the Rt. 295 on-ramp, Peters yanked on the steering wheel while Willette was driving, causing the car to spin out of control and roll over.

Two 16-year-old girls were in the backseat at the time of the crash. One is currently listed in critical condition at Hasbro Hospital, while the other was not seriously injured, Cpt. Jamieson said.

Police noted there were signs that the two suspects were intoxicated and both later consented to blood-alcohol tests at Rhode Island Hospital, the results of which are pending.

Willette was charged with DUI involving bodily injury, first offense, while Peters was charged with DUI, first offense, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Both men were also charged with purchase/procurement of alcohol for a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Willette appeared before a judge Thursday and bail was set at $10,000. Peters was also charged, but has not yet been released from the hospital.

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