5 hurt in Barrington crash; teen driver charged with DUI

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Barrington responded to the scene of a car crash late Friday night.

According to police, the crash happened at about 11:20 p.m. in the area of 466 Sowams Road.

Multiple ambulances were called to the scene and police tell Eyewitness News there were five juveniles in the car. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

According to police, the car ran off the road, crashed into a line of trees, and sustained significant damage. No other vehicles were involved.

Police say the young female driver is being charged with driving under the influence and refusing a chemical test. Chief John LaCross tells Eyewitness News that officers found alcohol in the vehicle.

Eyewitness News learned this is not the first car crash on this curve of Sowams Road.

Friday’s crash comes just two months after another crash in the same place. Three people were injured, one critically, in August’s crash.

One longtime Barrington resident tells Eyewitness News she hopes police will take notice and place a flashing yellow light or a sign in the area.

“How about ‘dangerous curve,’ because it is,” says Barrington resident Rebecca Johannis.

Chief LaCross says he plans to work with the DOT to find a way to make Sowams Road safer.

The young driver will appear in family court next week. Her identity has not been released since she is a minor.

Police are working with the crash victim’s families to determine where the teenagers were able to get the alcohol.