Pawtucket police cruiser struck by hit-and-run driver

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Police are searching for a stolen car that struck a police cruiser head-on in Pawtucket Friday morning.

Fire officials tell Eyewitness News the driver of a Toyota Prius took off after hitting the cruiser near the intersection of Goff Avenue and Dexter Streets around 4:15 a.m.

Pawtucket Police said Friday afternoon that the Prius was stolen from Warren. In a news release, police said officers attempted to stop the driver of the car at a drug store on Broad Street when the driver hit a police cruiser head-on and sped away.


Police arrested the car’s passenger, Daniel Taylor, after he attempted to flee the scene of the crash on foot. He now faces charges of resisting arrest and violating a no contact order.

As of Friday evening, the driver of the car was still at large.

Police are now searching for that driver and the car: a 2011 tan Prius with Rhode Island license plates, likely with heavy damage to the front end.

Fire officials said the officer inside the cruiser was not injured, but the car itself sustained heavy front end damage and is totaled.

Kim Kalunian contributed to this report.