Providence woman accused of hitting two state police cars, charged with DUI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Katie Tornez appeared in district court just hours after Rhode Island state police accused her of slamming into two of their cruisers, sending a trooper to the hospital on Monday morning.  

The 22-year-old from Providence faces one count of driving under the influence. 

ABC6 News obtained the criminal complaint from the district court in Providence stating

that Tornez is accused of operating a vehicle on I-95 South, near the 146 merge, under the influence of intoxicating liquor. 

She refused a chemical test and had an unknown chemical level, according to state police 

“I think that’s unfortunate that, you know, people are getting injured, putting their lives on the line,” driver Larry Mannings told ABC6 News. “Hopefully, they’re OK.” 

State police said those cruisers were parked in the slow lane, with emergency lights on, when Tornez drove her car into one cruiser, pushing it to the side, and then hit a second cruiser. 

One of the troopers at the scene was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. 

“If it’s minor, hopefully he’s fine and back to work as soon as possible,” Mannings said. “Wish him the best.”  

Bond was set at $3,000 personal recognizance for Tornez. 

Tornez was expected back in district court on Nov. 26 for a pre-trial hearing. 

ABC6 News went out to her home in Providence, but she wasn’t available for comment.  

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