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WEST GREENWICH â€“ A Rhode Island State Police trooper was sent to the hospital this morning after his cruiser flipped on Interstate 95.
According to police, at around 9:45 a.m., State Trooper Jonathan M. Elliot was driving southbound on Interstate 95 when he became aware of a foot chase with a drug trafficking suspect in the woods in the area of Weaver Hill Road. Elliot radioed that he would assist and activated his lights and siren.
The trooper was â€śbefore Exit 6 when his left wheels briefly rolled on to the center median area, on the grass, which caused him to lose control of the car,â€ť said Captain Frank B. Castellone of the Rhode Island State Police.
The vehicle rolled over and several drivers on the interstate called 911 to inform the Hope Valley barracks of the accident.
Elliot was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by West Greenwich Rescue and is in stable but serious condition, according to a release issued today. The cruiser was left on its roof on the interstate, causing a brief shut down of 95 South, according to Castellone. One lane remained open on 95 South for roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said.
Accident Reconstruction, Criminal Identification Units and members of the Hope Valley barracks responded to the scene and are conducting investigations.
The man pursued on foot was caught by a State Trooper after one-half a mile chase, according to Castellone. The man was identified as Dwight A. David, 42, of 168 Fairmont St., Apt. 3, Dorchester, Mass.
Police seized roughly 50 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle on Interstate 95 in the area of Weaver Hill Road where the chase began. David was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana over five kilos, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, resisting arrest and obstruction of a police officer.