Dunkin' parking lot theft leads to Mendon Road crash

Dunkin' parking lot theft leads to Mendon Road crash

Police say a crash on Mendon Road in Cumberland near the Woonsocket line was caused by a vehicle stolen out of a Dunkin Donuts parking lot.

WOONSOCKET – A man is in custody after police say he crashed a stolen vehicle into several others, creating a pileup on Cumberland Hill Road Monday night.

The incident started at the Cumberland Street Dunkin' Donuts around 6:30 p.m. Monday night. Police say that Jonathan Winiarski, 31, of Woonsocket stole a 2017 Toyota Camry that had been left running and unoccupied in the parking lot. Winiarski then allegedly took off down the street toward Cumberland, reportedly reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour as he passed an officer on speed enforcement duty.

The officer, Jason Berthelette, tracked the vehicle down Cumberland Hill Road. At one point, he pulled over a suspected vehicle, but continued the search when he realized it was not the right one. By the time he reached Route 99, the driver of the Camry had crashed the vehicle into several others and taken off on foot. Berthelette and his K-9, Aspen, tracked the suspect to Olive Street in Woonsocket, where they took Winiarski into custody. Cumberland police responded to the crash, which took place on the Cumberland side of Mendon Road.

Winiarski was treated at Landmark Medical Center for minor injuries from the crash. He was arraigned in Sixth District Court Tuesday morning and charged with larceny over $1,500 and driving without a license. He had a bench warrant issued for him in Superior Court.