Five people arrested on DUI, other charges in 24-hours
Five arrests and four different crash sites marred a dangerous night on the roads in Rhode Island.
There was a messy scene on Route 95, just north of 146 at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday when one crash led to another and both drivers were charged with DUI.
It started when police said Otoniel Junior Mestres, 21, of Central Falls, hit a car that was stopped in traffic. That car fled the scene.
"(Mestres) stated that he was traveling on Route 95, and as he approached traffic near Route 146, he couldn't stop in time and rear-ended another vehicle," said a Rhode Island state trooper.
Mestres called AAA, and while he was waiting in the AAA vehicle for his car to be towed, the tow truck was hit. Police were called and identified the driver as Samy Pimental, 24, of Providence. He was arrested and charged with DUI.
About an hour later on Route 6, Isaias Barrera, 22, of Providence, was charged with DUI and operating without a license after police said he drove the wrong way in the westbound lane before striking another car near the Hartford Avenue exit.
In West Warwick, Ronald Townsend, 30, of Coventry, was charged with DUI second offense, and possession of a controlled substance after he was stopped on New London Avenue.
And Onasi Olio Rojas, 21, was in trouble with police again. He was arrested after a Facebook live video surfaced of him traveling over 100 miles an hour before crashing into a garbage truck in November.
He was in court again Friday, charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license after he rear-ended another vehicle on 95 South Thursday afternoon.
In court, through a translator, he told the judge he didn't know he was on probation. He is being held without bail as a probation violator until he is due back in court at the end of the month.