PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man was arrested early Monday morning after police said he crashed a stolen car into a tree before it burst into flames.
Firefighters and rescue crews were called to Carr Street just before 3 a.m. At least two people were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries, including a broken wrist.
According to Cranston Police Lt. Russell Henry, an officer on patrol spotted a car with an equipment violation at about 2:30 a.m., and after running the plates discovered it had been reported stolen from Johnston about two hours prior.
Henry said the officer tried to stop the car on Warwick Avenue but the driver took off, reaching 80 miles per hour while trying to elude police.
Police said the driver crossed into Providence before he crashed into the tree.
The driver, identified as Andre Savage, was taken into custody after the police report says he tried to run from the scene and was tackled by an officer.
Police said Savage and a passenger in the front seat were able to exit the vehicle on their own. First responders had to rescue a passenger in the back seat while putting out the flames.
The front passenger was taken to the hospital to be treated for broken bones while the other was not injured. Police said neither man will be charged in the case. Both told investigators they weren’t aware the car was stolen, according to police.
The car was towed from the scene about an hour and a half later.
Savage, 20, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eluding police, resisting arrest and simple assault. He’s expected to be arraigned Monday in Kent County Court.
Police said there were no alcohol or drugs involved.
Johnston police said they’re investigating larcenies from vehicles that occurred in the same area as the stolen car, believing they may be connected.