A Warwick man was charged with driving under the influence Thursday after police said his 10-year-old son called 911 to report that he and his sister were in the car with their father, who was drunk.
Owen Gilman, 49, of Warwick, was arraigned in New London Superior Court on Thursday and released on $25,000 cash bail. He's scheduled to be back in court Aug. 19.
Connecticut State Police said a 911 call came into Rhode Island State Police at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday from the boy who said he was with his 12-year-old sister in the back of a Mercedes speeding down Interstate 95.
According to police, Gilman's son feared for his life because his father was driving erratically and very fast. The boy told police they were considering jumping from the vehicle.
Moments after the call, their vehicle crashed into a Jeep near exit 91 in Stonington on Wednesday night.
The collision sent the Jeep off the highway and down an embankment, injuring at least one person.
Gilman escaped the crash without injury. His son and daughter were treated at a hospital for lacerations.