Police arrest alleged drunk driver for crash involving cyclist

Nov 11, 2019

Dartmouth police arrested an alleged hit-and-run driver after a crash involving a cyclist on Route 6. 

According to police, a 19-year-old man was hit from behind on a bicycle at the intersection of State Road and Cross Road at around 10:58 p.m. on November 9.

The cyclist told police that while he was stopped at a red light on State Road, he had been hit from behind by a man driving a pickup truck. The cyclist said the driver stopped, asked if the cyclist was OK, and when the cyclist said no, the man drove off. 

Dartmouth Police Sgt. Victor Morency pulled over a pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Russell Nichols, of West Bridgewater, in the area of 868 State Road a short time later. 

After a police investigation and the administration of field sobriety tests, Nichols was placed under arrest. 

He faces charges of operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, leaving the scene of a crash resulting in personal injury, operating after revocation of registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

The cyclist was treated at the scene by Dartmouth Fire District No. 3, and transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for further evaluation.