Framingham Firefighter Arrested; Charged with Assaulting Police Officers

Police in Glocester, R.I. say a Framingham firefighter assaulted two of its officers, after crashing his pick-up truck in a bridge.

A was ordered held on bail Tuesday after police said he fought with two police officers, after he crashed a truck into a bridge in Glocester, R.I., reported NBC 10, a Providence TV station.

William Cline, 51, of Douglas, was arraigned in a Rhode Island District Court. He was charged with felony assault on a police officer, simple assault on a police officer, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical (alcohol) test, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct, reported the TV station.

According to a Glocester Police press release, police responded to Jackson School House Road after midnight for a report of an accident. They found a pick-up truck crashed into a bridge, with Cline behind the wheel in the driver's seat.

Police tried to help Cline, when he fought with one officer and ran, said the release. Officers caught up with Cline, and he was taken into custody but not before assaulting a second officer. The second officer was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Glocester Police said Cline is a full-time firefighter for Framingham.

Cline's scheduled to appear at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal on July 6 to answer for refusing to submit to a chemical test.

He's scheduled to return to Warwick, R.I. District Court to face the other charges in August.


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