BURRILLVILLE/NORTH SMITHFIELD – An erratic and dangerous driver reportedly refused to stop for police on Monday, leading officers from multiple towns on a chase that finally ended when he crashed into two cruisers.
Ryan Nadeau, 34, of Woonsocket, was arrested following the six-town pursuit, in which Woonsocket officers eventually broke the driver’s side window to remove him from a truck.
According to police, the incident began in North Smithfield, when officers attempted to pull over a grey Chevrolet Silverado for suspicion of drunk driving just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.
The driver of the truck refused to pull over, and continued through parts of Woonsocket, Lincoln and Cumberland. He also struck an SUV on Route 7 in Smithfield while driving on both sides of the road, according to police.
Burrillville officers deployed spike strips in hopes to stop the vehicle as it entered the town, but Nadeau continued driving with flat tires, reports state. Police said Nadeau lost control of the vehicle multiple times while driving on the rims of the rear tires, and kept driving on the opposite side of the road. He then drove through a construction zone in Burrillville, nearly hitting a teenage boy on a bike, according to police.
The dangerous ride finally ended on Providence Street in Woonsocket, where the truck took a sudden turn into police cruisers. Officers said Nadeau was still attempting to drive as they approached the vehicle. He was arrested after a struggle in which police broke a window to remove him from the truck.
Nadeau reportedly slurred his words and appeared highly intoxicated. He was charged with reckless driving in Burrillville, while Woonsocket police charged him with felony assault, eluding law enforcement, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and DUI.
He was released on a $5,000 surety bond and is due back in court on Thursday, Feb. 10.