State Police say a terrified ten-year-old was injured just moments after he called 911 to report his father was driving erratically on Interstate 95 overnight. He told police his father was travelling at a high rate of speed and was drunk, and said he was thinking of jumping out of the speeding car because he thought he have a better chance than he would in a crash.
Because they were so close to the state border, the call went to Rhode Island State Police, who relayed the information to Connecticut, who within seconds recived multiple cars informing them of a crash near exit 91.
Police say the boy’s father, 49-year-old Owen Gilman, of Warwick, Rhode Island, hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee, sending it off the road and down an embankment, where the Jeep overturned. The Jeep driver, the boy and his sister all were injured and were taken to nearby hospitals. Both children were treated for cuts. The Jeep driver was treated for cuts and trauma. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening,.
Police spotted marijuana in the father’s 2007 Mercedes Benz C230, and arrested Gilman on a variety of drug and alcohol charges.