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Rhode Island State Trooper Injured After Being Struck by an Alleged Drunk Driver

Contact: Captain Frank B. Castellone, District "B" Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1009

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces that on June 4, 2013 at 1:43a.m., Troopers advised State Police Headquarters to dispatch a rescue to a motor vehicle accident on Route 295 north at the Route 7 overpass in the Town of Smithfield, involving a marked Rhode Island State Police cruiser. The investigation revealed that Troopers were working a Department of Transportation construction detail when a 2005 Ford collided with the rear of a Rhode Island State Police cruiser. The Trooper's cruiser was in a stationary position with the overhead emergency lights activated. Troopers approached the 2005 Ford and observed a sole female in the operator seat, who was identified as Amber L. Martufi, age 23 of 25 Central Street, Manville, Rhode Island. Ms. Martufi was not injured as a result of the crash. The Trooper that was struck was initially unconscious but regained consciousness prior to being transported by Smithfield Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital.

Ms. Martufi showed multiple signs of intoxication and failed a series of field sobriety tests administered at the scene. She was transported to State Police Headquarters where she refused to submit to a chemical breath test. A court-authorized search warrant was obtained to secure a blood sample, which will be transported to the Rhode Island Department of Health for testing.

Ms. Martufi was held overnight at State Police Headquarters and will be presented for arraignment in Third Division District Court in West Warwick at 10:00 a.m.. After consulting with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, Ms. Martufi will be charged with the following:

1. Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs / Serious Bodily Injury Resulting 2. Driving to Endanger / Serious Bodily Injury Resulting

The Rhode Island State Police Detective Division, Collision Reconstruction Unit and members of the Scituate Barracks will be continuing the investigation.

Colonel O'Donnell states, "I am pleased that one of our Troopers is recovering from his injuries that were sustained in the accident. We will continue to make it a priority to remove impaired drivers from our roadways."

As always, the Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggressively enforce the motor vehicle laws with increased emphasis on speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, texting violations, seat belt, and child restraint violations.

Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 911 or *77 on your cell phone.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 06-04-2013

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