Police: Woman intentionally struck Warwick traffic cop

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick woman was arrested Monday, accused of hitting a city police officer with her SUV, and police said they believe she did it on purpose.

According to police, Tammy Vicino admitted to striking the officer, who was working traffic detail Saturday outside Dave’s Marketplace at the intersection of Airport Road and Warwick Avenue.

“It’s a four-lane roadway,” Warwick Police Major Christine Kelley explained Tuesday. “There is a lot of traffic in and out of that store that an officer does direct traffic on a weekly basis there.”

Major Kelley said the officer spotted someone driving too fast and wanted to give her a warning.

“He was telling her to stop the vehicle so he could speak to her,” Kelly explained. “And she drove around him to the right, striking him with the driver’s side of the vehicle.”

Police said Vicino fled the scene, but eyewitnesses informed police she was driving a grey Ford Edge with temporary plates. The vehicle was found Monday at Vicino’s Hilton Road home and evidence linked it back to the alleged crime, according to police.

Vicino is facing a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Eyewitness News paid Vicino a visit to get her version of the story, but she declined to comment.

Major Kelley said the officer was treated for minor injuries at Kent County Hospital and released. He’s expected to be back on the job Tuesday night.

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