Vehicle strikes Coventry cruiser transporting prisoner

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Police investigating a hit and run crash involving a Coventry police cruiser say alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors.

Instead, West Warwick police said it appears the driver of the other car may have been suffering from a medical condition.

The accident happened Tuesday on Wakefield Street around 12:30 a.m., while a Coventry police officer was transporting a prisoner to the intake center at the ACI in Cranston.

Police said another vehicle struck the cruiser on the front driver’s side and then continued down Wakefield Street without stopping.

Officers located the vehicle a short distance away. They said it appeared the driver was suffering from a medical issue and was transported to Kent Hospital in Warwick. As of noon Tuesday, his condition was unknown.

The officer was also taken to the hospital, but has since been released. A pedestrian in the area suffered a minor injury after debris from the crash hit him in the leg. The prisoner being transported was uninjured, police said.

No word if charges will be filed in the crash.

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