PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The driver charged in an overnight hit and run accident that sent one person to the hospital appeared in court for arraignment Wednesday morning.
Michael Robinson, 45, is facing several charges including failure to stop, operating a motor vehicle without a license and possession of marijuana.
Providence police said they attempted to pull over Robinson in the area of Broadway and Valley Street shortly before 1 a.m. after discovering his silver Dodge Caravan had a suspended registration and that the plates did not match the description of the vehicle.
Police said Robinson sped away from the officer at a high rate of speed and continued to drive aggressively down Broadway. A short time later, police said a man flagged down the officer on Dave Gavitt Way, stating a silver minivan had struck him while he was crossing the street.
Police said Robinson sped away from that scene, flipped over his minivan on Route 146 and took off on foot. Police arrested him moments later on Chalkstone Avenue.
During the arrest, police said officers found 10 small plastic bags containing what they suspected to be marijuana in Robinson’s coat pocket.
The pedestrian who was struck – Ryan Karpuska of North Dartmouth – told police he had pain in his legs after being struck. Emergency crews took him to Rhode Island Hospital.
Below is our coverage of the crash from Eyewitness News This Morning: