RIPR News
9:35 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Police say RI woman drives car into parade

PROVIDENCE, RI – Police in Randolph, Massachusetts say they have no idea why a Providence woman drove into a parade Sunday night. The driver faces at least three criminal charges.

It was 7:15 pm Sunday and the "Third of July" parade in Randolph, Massachusetts was just starting when, according to police, a Providence woman deliberately drove her car towards the parade marchers. They ran for their lives.

A contingent of motorcycle officers who were participating in the parade pursued her first down Route 128 then Interstate 95 south. They stopped at the Rhode Island border, letting Rhode Island State Police pick up the chase.

The woman, identified as 40-year-old Gloria Hodge, crashed her compact station wagon in Pawtucket. She was hospitalized and is in fair condition.

She's charged in Massachusetts with assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger and failure to stop for police.

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