A Woonsocket man charged with vehicular battery will have his preliminary hearing on Thursday following an injury crash in which he allegedly left the scene.
Joshua Weber, 25, was the driver of a 1999 Jeep that early on June 16, about a quarter-mile east of Mitchell, crashed into a tree with three other passengers in the vehicle. The 25-year-old front-seat passenger broke her arm.
An affidavit by the Davison County Sheriff’s Office says an officer received a call at 1:49 a.m. regarding a crash in which the occupants were intoxicated. The scene was just east of Mitchell city limits on Bridle Drive, where the officer determined that the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a tree in a private yard. Officers estimated the vehicle was traveling 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.
During the investigation, the officer spoke to the property owner who said a person who was involved in the crash was no longer at the scene. The officer also took statements from the passengers, who said the person who left the scene was the driver. The female passenger was transported to the hospital via ambulance and later needed surgery.
Officers for the Mitchell Police Division located the alleged driver at an apartment in Mitchell and transported him to the hospital, where he had a large cut on his nose that required stitches. The cuts were consistent with blood on the Jeep’s steering wheel, according to court documents. Weber admitted without questioning that he was in a crash, the affidavit says, but he did not want to make any statements.
While talking to Weber in the emergency room, the officer detected a “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” His preliminary breath test at booking was .147, court documents say.
Weber faces seven charges, including four felonies and three misdemeanors. He is charged with vehicular battery, a Class 4 felony, which upon conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000; hit and run resulting in death or injury, a Class 6 felony, which results in up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine; possession of a controlled substance Class 1 or 2 and possession of a controlled substance 3 or 4; along with driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license; and reckless driving.