Snow plow operator John J. Cunha, age 55, of 232 Partition Street, Warwick was arrested Tuesday for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs-1st offense, Blood Alcohol Content unknown and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.
At approximately 8:30 PM a trooper was traveling east on Route 403 in North Kingstown when he observed a vehicle traveling west in the east bound lanes approaching. The trooper stopped the vehicle, a Dodge Ram pickup truck equipped with a snow plow, as it approached. The vehicle was not being used to plow snow when it was stopped, nor was it a Rhode Island Department of Transportation sub–contractor. When contact was made with Cunha, troopers noted several indicators associated with intoxication. Cunha submitted to a series of field sobriety tests which he failed. He then refused to submit to a Preliminary Breath Test. Cunha was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs.
Cunha was transported to the Wickford Barracks where he refused to submit to a chemical breath test. He was then processed and arraigned by a Justice of the Peace on the the charge of 1. Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor - BAC Unknown. Cunha was released on $1,000 Personal Recognizance will appear at 3rd Division District Court in Kent County on Monday, February 2, 2015.
A person convicted of Driving Under the Influence – First Offense when their blood-alcohol content is not known may be subject to:
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