Victim Speaks Out Against Habitual OUI Offender

John Lourenco was arrested multiples times for DUI in 2 days

Allison Welsh

Allison Welsh said Sunday was a perfect day to go apple picking.

Welsh, her husband Patrick, and their two children were on their way to have a great day.

"It was a beautiful clear day," she said. "There was actually nobody on the road really."

Then 53-year-old John Lourenco, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, ruined it.

"He came out of nowhere," Welsh said. "The baby was screaming. I heard crunching in my neck."

Providence police charged Lourenco with drunken driving after they said he crashed into the family's car just before 10:30 a.m. The accident happened near North Main and Eighth streets in Providence.

Everyone was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Welsh walked away with whiplash and her 8-month-old daughter suffered seat belt burn. Her 4-year-old son and husband were OK.

"He apparently cried when he found out he hurt children after he was arrested in our incident," Welsh said. "But he did it the next morning."

At 7:15 a.m. Monday, there was an accident on Mendon Road in Cumberland. Lourenco was arrested and released.

By 11 a.m. he was back on the road, allegedly driving drunk. He ended up in the hospital, but a friend picked him up and he got behind a dump truck. Police report he crashed it at about 5 p.m.

"What's it going to take you know? Is he going to have to kill somebody to end up behind bars?" Welsh said.

Police said Lourenco's charges for drunken driving were only misdemeanors and that he's entitled to bail which he made.

"I want there to be changes (to the law)," Welsh said. "I want people to be aware that just because you're with your family on a Sunday morning going apple picking, does not mean you're safe unfortunately."

Lourenco was arraigned Monday and released on $25,000 surety bail.

A judge ordered that he be supervised and stay away from alcohol. If Lourenco is arrested again and is violation of his bail, he could be held for 90 days at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

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