Both operators charged with DUI following head-on collision on Chapel Street


BURRILLVILLE – The drivers of both vehicles were charged with driving under the influence after a head-on collision on Chapel Street last week that left two cars severely damaged and one individual hospitalized.

Marilyn Artruc, 66, and Rene Charpentier, 61, both of Burrillville, were charged with DUI first offense following the accident, which occurred in front of the Sunoco gas station on Friday, March 1 just before 10 p.m.

According to reports, police called to the scene found Artruc lying on the ground complaining of chest and rib pain. Charpentier, meanwhile, did not immediately identify himself as the driver of the second vehicle, but instead stood with the crowds watching as officers interviewed people trying to find him.

Both drivers had reportedly urinated in their clothes.

Artruc told police she was headed home from Dev’s Cafe when an oncoming car crossed over the center lane into her lane of travel. According to reports, her breathe smelled of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot and “glossy.”

She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, but unable to follow instructions and was “too incoherent to sign paperwork,” according to police. Artruc told officers she had consumed three glasses of wine, but reportedly refused to take a chemical test.

Charpentier told police he was coming from Spritzer’s Bar, where he “had a few beers.” A witness said he also saw Charpentier’s vehicle cross over the center line.

Both Artuc’s grey 2008 Nissan and Charpentier’s green 2007 Toyota Corolla reportedly had disabling front end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Artruc and Chapentier were released on summons to appear in 6th district court at a later date.

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