Police: DUI suspect may have been looking at phone prior to crash

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A 17-year-old is facing multiple charges after police said she caused a crash in Barrington that left her and four others with injuries.

The vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a line of trees on Sowams Road just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to police.

The five juvenile occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

Police said the female driver is charged with DUI – first offense, refusal to submit to chemical test – under 18 years of age, possession of alcoholic beverage – under 18 years of age, possession of false identification, and traffic violations.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said investigators are looking into the possibility that the driver was looking at her cell phone at the time of the crash, either looking at or trying to text.

The crash occurred at the same location of another drunk driving crash in August that sent three people to hospital.

Dan Converse of Barrington lost his 16-year-old son to a drunk driver in 2007. Now, he travels to schools to educate teens on the importance of driving sober.

Converse also had advice for parents. “Don’t keep you head in the sand, thinking that this won’t happen to me,” he said.