UPDATED: North Stonington woman charged with DWI shortly after police say she struck teen with her car
A North Stonington woman faces drunk driving and hit-and-run charges stemming from two Dec. 27 incidents in which she allegedly struck a 16-year-old boy with her car in Charlestown, R.I., left the scene and was arrested in East Greenwich, R.I. for driving under the influence more than an hour later.
Adriana M. Wright, 42, of 242 Cossaduck Hill Road, North Stonington, is scheduled to appear in 4th Division District Court in Wakefield, R.I., Thursday to be formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. She will also be charged in the state’s Traffic Tribunal with failure to take due care by drivers, use of a breakdown lane for travel and a laned roadway violation.
Wright, who teaches foreign language at the Prout School in Wakefield, is the wife of New London police Capt. Brian Wright. Reached tonight, Brian Wright declined to comment.
According to a press release from Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey S. Allen, police responded to a report of a boy struck by a car on Route 2 near the intersection of Lauri Drive around 9:15 p.m. The boy was taken to South County Hospital where he was treated and released for a concussion and numerous abrasions and contusions.
After the police department asked for assistance in looking for the suspect’s vehicle, Rhode Island state police impounded a vehicle possibly in connection with the accident. The vehicle was returned to the Charlestown police station as evidence. Investigators from the Rhode Island State Crime Lab and the police department obtained a search warrant and collected evidence.
The car was impounded after Wright was arrested around 10:48 p.m. by Rhode Island state police for driving while under the influence -1st Offense, Blood Alcohol Content unknown, with a child under 13 after a traffic stop on Route 4 in East Greenwich. She pleaded not guilty to those charges in 3rd District Court in Warwick, R.I. on Dec. 28. She is slated to appear in court again on Jan. 7.
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