Terryville teen who drove with man on vehicle roof will be arrested again: state prosecutors

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:19


PLYMOUTH - A Terryville man accused of driving more than 50 mph on Route 72 with a man on the roof of his vehicle, throwing him from the moving car at one point, is expected to be arrested again.

Ronnie Beaulieu, 19, was told during a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court that state prosecutors have submitted a warrant for his arrest. Ronald Dearstyne, state prosecutor, did not elaborate on the nature of the case, but he said it was related to the incident that first got Beaulieu arrested.

The other man arrested in connection with the motor vehicle incident on March 26 said he confronted Beaulieu about allegations involving a 14-year-old girl. Shortly after the confrontation, police received multiple 911 calls about a person on the roof of a car driving south on North Riverside Avenue, also known as Route 72. One of the callers was Beaulieu, who said someone attacked him and jumped on the roof of his vehicle.

As police arrived, they saw a man thrown from the roof of a 2002 Honda Civic when it turned into the Terryville Post Office, according to the police report. The victim had cuts on his hands and knees. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and taken to Bristol Hospital. His name was redacted from the police report to protect his identity and the identity of the 14-year-old girl who was at the center of the confrontation.

The man told police he approached Beaulieu while he was in his vehicle, with two other people in the car. Shortly thereafter, Beaulieu began driving away, so the man jumped onto the roof of the car. He told police he had no choice, as he thought he was going to be run over.

Beaulieu, the man told police, then drove away and began swerving and slamming on the brakes to get him off the car. He said he was driving more than 50 mph before he fell off the car near the post office.

Beaulieu told officers the man tried to attack him when he approached his vehicle and started a confrontation, so he drove away, the report said. He didn’t stop the vehicle, fearing the man would “beat him,” police wrote in the report.

Beaulieu has been charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:19. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:22.