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Swansea crash damages pole, injures 2, driver flees

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Alana Cerrone


The driver of a car that crashed into a pole, injuring 2, early Saturday morning fled the scene and was arrested almost 3 hours later.

Swansea police reported to the crash site on Locust Street at about 2:50 on Saturday morning. Upon arriving, they found a heavily damaged car that had struck a pole in front of the water tower.

Police found Travis Calpin, 23, of Attleboro, who was a passenger in the car. Calpin had tried to take off but couldn't get far because of serious facial injuries; he was taken to the hospital.

State Police K-9 Unit was called to search the area for the driver, who reportedly fled from the site into a wooded area.

Meanwhile, as officers worked on clearing the scene, another passenger emerged from the woods. Emily Burt, 26, of Rehoboth, was identified as the owner of the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Hours later, at 5:15 am, an officer spotted a young male across from the Swansea Mall. He was identified as the driver. Samuel St. Angelo, 23, of Attleboro, was taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury, operating to endanger, operating with a revoked registration, and failing to stay within marked lanes. 

National Grid was called to the crash scene to repair the pole and found more damage to a transformer on the Swansea Water District property, causing an oil leak. Clean Harbors showed up to clean up that damage.

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