Former RI sen. accused of leaving accident scene

November 12, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A former Rhode Island state senator who has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving $1.7 million in loans and mortgages is now accused by Johnston police of crashing into a telephone pole and leaving the scene of the accident.

Christopher B. Maselli pleaded guilty on Wednesday to eight federal bank fraud charges. Police tell The Providence Journal that Maselli's car was found by the telephone pole early Thursday morning, but Maselli wasn't in it.

Capt. Daniel Parillo tells the newspaper that Maselli later told them he had been driving the car when it crashed at a bend in the road. He told them he had gotten disoriented, couldn't find his phone and went to a friend's house.

Police said there was no evidence he was drinking.

Maselli did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.