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Motorist faces charges for taking out weapon after car crash

People make mistakes, and it's not unusual for the police to pull someone over or to arrest an individual who has been drinking and driving. The thing to remember is that it's easy to make an already bad situation worse if you're not cooperative. This story is a good example of how not to react if you're involved in a crash and come into contact with the police.

This is a slightly unusual story about a man who is facing a DUI charge for wielding a hatchet in Rhode Island. According to the news report, the man, a motorist, had gotten into an argument with a driver after he hit the vehicle in Stonington.

During the argument, the motorist who sideswiped the other ended up taking out a hatchet. He allegedly took it out of the trunk of his vehicle during the argument and then put it back into the trunk when police arrived.

The police reported that the man did not go with them easily but put up a struggle. Now, he faces charges including having a weapon in his motor vehicle, driving under the influence and others. He is presently being held on a $20,000 bond.

A situation can go from bad to worse in moments if someone takes out a weapon during an argument. It's particularly bad if you decide to involve a weapon before or during the police's arrival. It's always best to err on the side of caution if you're going to be arrested: Do your best to cooperate and remember that your behavior can reflect poorly on you.

Source:, "Rhode Island man wielding hatchet arrested for DUI," Oct. 22, 2017

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