Providence firefighter charged with DUI, fled scene

CRANSTON, R.I (WLNE) – A Providence firefighter was arrested after an early morning motorcycle accident on Sunday in Cranston.

Police received a call for a motorcycle accident in the area of 485 Natick Avenue at 12:10 AM.

Officers arrived on the scene and located a woman who had injuries police deemed non-life-threatening.

Witnesses say the woman was on the back of a motorcycle that struck a fire hydrant.

The woman was sent to Rhode Island Hospital for her injuries.

The motorcycle operator, identified as 39-year-old Joseph Bouchard of Cranston, fled the accident with the damaged motorcycle, leaving the woman behind.

Police were able to locate Bouchard operating the motorcycle on Concord Avenue.

According to the department, Bouchard also sustained serious injuries in the accident.

Bouchard was taken into custody and transported to RI Hospital for injuries.

Bouchard, a Providence firefighter was charged with the following:

  • DUI
  • Duty to Stop in Accident Resulting in Injury
  • Driving so as to Endanger, resulting in Physical Injury.

Bouchard was arraigned by a Bail Commissioner and his next court date is on August 25th for the DUI charge.

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