Smithfield man accused of drunk driving, crashing into fence at police station

Part of a fence at the Woonsocket Police Department is seen damaged after a man allegedly drove into it while drunk driving, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (WLNE)

WOONSCOKET, R.I. (WLNE) — A Smithfield man is accused of drunk driving and crashing into a fence at a police station over the weekend.

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Woonsocket police station.

Police said a black Volkswagen Jetta was found with significant damage and smoking.

Aftermath from a crash at the Woonsocket Police Department, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (WLNE)

The driver, identified as 33-year-old Jarrod Paquette, was standing outside of the car, and wasn’t injured.

Witnesses told police that Paquette jumped a curb, drove through the metal fence, and hit a parked car.

Police said Paquette “did not know where he was following the collision and appeared confused.”

Woonsocket police shared this booking photo of Jarrod Paquette.

At the time, the 33-year-old had bloodshot watery eyes, smelt like alcohol and was stumbling, police added.

Jarrod declined to take a preliminary breath test, police said. He was later arrested and charged with DUI.

The Smithfield man was also cited for leaving the lane of travel, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, operating without evidence of an insurance, for refusing to submit to a chemical test and lastly refusal to submit to a PBT.

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