Police: DUI suspect crashes in escape attempt

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A Coventry man was arrested on numerous charges Thursday night after police said he crashed into a telephone pole while attempting to flee.

Police received a call at about 6:45 p.m. about a silver station wagon driving “all over the road” on Washington Street, nearly hitting another vehicle head on. The caller followed the suspect, staying on the line with the dispatcher, until two patrol units could pick up the pursuit.

The officers noted the erratic driving and stopped the car on Main Street, near Holden Street.

The driver, identified as Brandon Mott, then took off at a high rate of speed as police approached his vehicle. The officers followed, but called off the chase once the suspect hit 70 miles per hour on snow-covered roads.

Police soon found Mott’s vehicle had gone off the road, striking a telephone pole near Abbots Crossing Road. Mott gave himself up, climbing out the driver’s side window. He was treated for minor injuries at Kent Hospital and released into police custody.

Mott, 35, of Whitehead Road, was charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence (BAC unknown), refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, high-speed pursuit, and driving on a suspended license. He was arraigned Friday morning.

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