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State Police investigate high number of crashes, including 2 arrested for DUI

Courtesy of the RI State Police (Left: Roberts; Right: Rosario)

Rhode Island State Police say they have investigated an unusually high number of crashes over the past day, including two DUI accident, one of which involved a wrong way driver making a U-turn on I-95.

State Police say have responded to 43 crashes since 8 a.m. Friday which they say is primarily because of the weather conditions.

Two people were also arrested for DUI. The first was 20-year-old Nathaniel Roberts, of Fall River, who state police say was driving on I-95 South near the Thurbers Avenue curve when he made an illegal U-turn around 4:30 a.m.

Police say Roberts began driving northbound in the southbound lane and struck another vehicle a short time later. The two occupants of that vehicle were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Roberts was not hurt.

Roberts was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs with a blood-alcohol content greater than .15 and driving so as to endanger, resulting in physical injury.

State police say Miguel Rosario, 23, of Pawtucket, was also charged with DUI after he struck another car in the breakdown lane of I-95 North around 7:45 p.m. Friday night.

The operator of that vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries. Rosario was not injured,

Rosario was also cited for laned roadway violations and operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance.

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