Police report reveals new info about serious Portsmouth crash

Photo: Portsmouth Police Dept.
Photo: Portsmouth Police Dept.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly three months after a crash seriously injured five people in Portsmouth – including two teenagers – a police report is revealing new information about the investigation, including the charges one of the drivers is facing, plus what he told police after the crash.

The newly released report reveals Billey Dodd of Portsmouth will be charged with DUI and reckless driving in connection with the Aug. 30 crash

.According to the report, Billey Dodd told police he fell asleep and was remorseful. He reportedly told police, “I was looking for a place to pull over because I was falling asleep.”

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Back in August, police told Eyewitness News a preliminary investigation revealed Dodd’s Chevy Suburban crossed the double yellow lines on West Main Road. and collided with two vehicles – hitting a Nissan Altima head-on.

The driver of the Altima – Bryan Babcock, of Middletown – and his two teenage sons were seriously hurt.

According to a traffic reconstruction report, “Had Dodd simply pulled off the roadway when he was feeling sleepy, this tragic accident could have been averted.”

The report revealed first responders did not smell alcohol. However, it said Dodd takes medication and blood work detected a substance in his system. While the name of the substance was redacted from the report, police wrote “the side effects listed include drowsiness.”

A blog on the donation site You Care is said to be written by the mother of the two teens injured. On it, she wrote the youngest boy – a 13-year-old – was still in the hospital and recently underwent his ninth surgery.