DCYF employee arrested for reckless driving in state-owned vehicle

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A 27-year employee of the Department of Children, Youth and Families has been arrested for reckless driving while operating a state-owned vehicle.

On Tuesday, Rhode Island State Police responded to a multi-car crash on I-95 south at the Cowesett Road overpass in Warwick. Their investigation revealed that Richard Davis got involved in a road rage incident with another vehicle.

Police said the white van Davis was driving tailgated a black Subaru, changed lanes, passed the Subaru while cutting the vehicle off, then drove in front of it and “slammed on its brakes, almost coming to a complete stop.”

The operator of the Subaru tried to avoid the van, but was unable to and struck the right rear of the van. According to police, the impact of the crash caused the Subaru to lose control and strike two additional vehicles.

Several eyewitnesses corroborated the reckless driving of the van operator.

Davis, 55, of Pawtucket, was arraigned at Kent County District Court and pleaded not guilty. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance. He’s due back in court on March 16 for a pre-trial conference.

In a statement Wednesday, acting DCYF Director Kevin Aucoin confirmed that Davis has been placed on administrative leave pending the result of an internal investigation.

A person convicted of reckless driving may be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction.

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