Rehoboth man charged with DUI after wrong-way incident, crash

Kurtis Lamontagne, 36, of Rehoboth, was arrested on a DUI charge after police said he was driving the wrong way on Route 146 in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rehoboth man was arrested on a drunk-driving charge Monday after Rhode Island State Police said he was seen driving the wrong way on the highway.

A state trooper first spotted the vehicle being driven by Kurtis Lamontagne around 1:50 a.m. heading north in the southbound lanes of Route 146 in Providence, according to police.

When troopers caught up with Lamontagne, police said he was driving in the right direction but refused to pull over.

Lamontagne continued onto I-95 South, according to police, then took the Thurbers Avenue exit before re-entering the highway on the northbound side.

Lamontagne’s car then appeared to catch fire, police said, as he drove towards I-195 East with troopers in pursuit.

When police tried to stop the vehicle, they said it struck one of the cruisers, left the roadway and crashed.

Lamontagne, 36, of Rocky Hill Road, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released without cash bail.