Driver arrested for hitting cruiser twice on highway, alleged DUI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State Police arrested a man early Saturday morning after they say he was driving under the influence of alcohol and hit a cruiser twice on the highway.

According to police, around 2:30 a.m., they were investigating a crash on 95 North, at the Route 146 split in Providence.

A second trooper arrived on scene a short time later to provide backup.

State Police say that’s when another vehicle, driven by Maksim Gorbachev, 36, of Pawtucket, struck the back of the second cruiser.

After the accident, Gorbachev attempted to take off from the scene, but hit the cruiser a second time.

Gorbachev was arrested and is facing several charges including suspicion for Driving Under the Influence-1st Offense BAC Unknown, Driving to Endanger Resulting in Physical Injury, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with an Attended Vehicle and Chemical Test Refusal.

He was held overnight at the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks.

There was a trooper in the cruiser when it was hit, he was taken to the hospital to be treated and later released.

The driver of the initial accident was also arrested for a suspected DUI.

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