NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A North Kingstown man is facing charges he drove drunk and caused a fiery crash that sent him and two other people to the hospital overnight.
An officer conducting radar checks on Route 4 came across a northbound vehicle traveling more than 100 mph in the area of Ten Rod Road just after midnight Thursday.
The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, according to police, but failed to before it rear-ended a slower-moving vehicle.
Police said both vehicles immediately burst into flames. The two people in the second vehicle were able to get out on their own while the driver of the suspect vehicle was pulled out by the responding officer.
All three people were treated for minor injuries at Kent County Hospital and released Friday morning, according to police.
The driver of the speeding vehicle, identified as Robert Andreozzi, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and driving to endanger, resulting in personal injury.
Andreozzi, 28, was arraigned in court Friday and released on personal recognizance.
The crash remains under investigation.
Kim Kalunian contributed to this report.