Warwick driver arrested for DUI after vehicle gets stuck leaving scene of unrelated accident

  • Warwick Fire Engine 1 responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Orange Road Sunday evening. Orange EMS transported the driver to Athol Hospital. Contributed Photo/Warwick Fire Department

Staff Writer
Published: 8/16/2021 1:09:10 PM

WARWICK — A Warwick man was arrested Sunday evening for his third-offense of operating under the influence after he drove down a road that was closed for a previous motor vehicle accident, and got stuck on an embankment when first responders instructed him to turn back.

John Roske, 67, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol (third offense), child endangerment, failing to remain within marked lanes and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The Warwick Fire Department initially responded to the area of 970 Orange Road at 8:36 p.m. Sunday to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries. The cause of this accident is still under investigation, according to Police Chief David Shoemaker, although he said the vehicle had been traveling south along Orange Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree.

“The Fire Department was on scene first,” Shoemaker said. “The Fire Department was on scene pretty quick, so kudos to them. By the time I got there, the driver was in the ambulance being treated medically so I didn’t interrupt that process.”

He said the woman who had been driving was conscious and alert when he arrived, but he could not speak to the full extent of her injuries. She was taken to Athol Hospital by Orange EMS.

First responders closed the section of Orange Road to facilitate the crash investigation and to allow a tow truck to remove the vehicle. While on scene, Shoemaker said another vehicle, driven by Roske, approached the area heading south along Orange Road at roughly 9:15 p.m. and was stopped by first responders, who informed Roske the road was closed and he would need to wait or turn around.

In attempting to turn around, Shoemaker said Roske ended up backing down an embankment with a steep 45-degree incline. The driver made several attempts to get back up the slope.

After approaching the vehicle to instruct Roske to wait for a tow truck to assist, Shoemaker said he developed the suspicion the driver may have been under the influence. Warwick Police Sgt. John Stewart assisted, conducting an on-scene evaluation and ultimately arresting Roske for driving while impaired.

Shoemaker said Roske’s grandchild was in the car, leading to the child endangerment charges. This is Roske’s third offense for driving while under the influence.

According to Shoemaker, Roske was transported to the Orange Police Station for booking. He has since been released on bail and is set to be arraigned in Orange District Court on Friday.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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