Central Falls Man Charged in DUI Hit-and-Run

A Central Falls man saw a parked State Police cruiser with two troopers inside, a few feet away from where he had just hit a Providence woman with his car.

Still, he decided to take off, according to police.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, on Thurbers Avenue near Rugby Street in Providence.

After a short pursuit, Rhode Island State Police arrested Central Falls resident William Robles, 21, of 246 Washington Street, just minutes after he struck Marilyn Rodriguez, 48, of Providence.

Police say Rodriguez had just been rear-ended by another vehicle, and stepped out of her car to inspect the damage. State Police had arrived to assist with that accident.

As she was walking to the back of her car, police say, she was hit by Robles' 1996 Honda Civic, causing her to hit the windshield of his car.

State Police say the windshield was shattered so badly that they could barely see through it.

According to police, the man saw that an occupied State Police car was there, with two troopers inside. Robles, who police say was intoxicated at the time, paused for a moment before speeding away.

Police caught up with him a few minutes later. Robles has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident after personal injury, and eluding police.

Rodriguez, police say, escaped with minor injuries and was released from the hospital around 7 a.m. this morning.

Robles was not injured, according to police. He has no prior criminal background.

Robles has been arraigned and was released on $10,000 surety bond, according to Pawtucket Police.

He is due back in court on April 16, 2012.