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Rhode Island Drunk Driving Cases: Four Charged With Duis In Barrington Over The Weekend

Posted by Matthew Marin | Nov 08, 2011 | 0 Comments

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- Barrington Police charged four individuals — including two East Bay residents — with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the past weekend.

Early Friday morning, at 1:04 a.m., a Barrington Police patrolman stopped a vehicle driven by Providence resident David Adler after he noticed the car had an expired registration decal. Upon approaching the car, the patrolman could reportedly smell the odor of marijuana and he also noticed three cans of beer inside the vehicle.

He eventually ordered Mr. Adler, 19, to perform a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed. A later search of the car allegedly revealed three 16 ounce beers, an unopened bottle of wine and a marijuana


Police charged Mr. Adler with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test, possession of marijuana-first offense, and driving in possession of a controlled substance.

Police did not charge the two passengers.

Early Sunday morning, at 1:26 a.m., a police officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Warren resident Nelson M. Santos, 28, after the officer reportedly saw the car swerving on Route 114 south.

Upon approaching the driver's side window of the car, the officer could allegedly smell alcohol coming from the driver's breath and ordered a field sobriety test, which Mr. Santos reportedly failed. Police charged Mr. Santos with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Four hours later, at 5:07 a.m., police charged Julio G. Gomes, 53, of Waterbury, Conn. with DUI-first offense. An officer on a traffic post on Middle Highway reportedly saw the vehicle Mr. Gomes was driving swerve numerous times. A breathalyzer test later revealed that Mr. Gomes' blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit at .144.

On Monday morning, Nov. 7, at 1:49 a.m., police responded to a single car accident in the area of 150 Middle Highway. The first officer to respond saw a man — Joseph A. Keough, 45, of 19 Terrace Drive — standing outside his car; it appeared the car had just struck a telephone pole.

Mr. Keough reportedly told police that he had not been driving the car, and that another man had been behind the wheel at the time of the accident. He said that other man, whom he would not describe or name, ran into the woods after the accident.

Mr. Keough also reportedly told police that he had not been drinking; officers offered a different opinion and said that they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Keough. Police said the car was registered to Mr. Keough.

The suspect refused to take a breathalyzer test and would not submit to any field sobriety tests. Police charged Mr. Keough with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

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Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


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