MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant John M. Allen, RISP Lincoln Woods Barracks (401) 444-1100
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that at 1:27 AM, on January 27, 2013, members of the Lincoln Woods Barracks received a 911 telephone call concerning a possible intoxicated operator on Route 95 South in the City of Warwick. Troopers assigned to a specific DUI Enforcement Detail were able to locate and stop the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the operator appeared highly impaired.
The operator is identified as Terrence Gilligan, age 31, of 62 Pemberton Avenue, Jamestown, R.I. Mr. Gilligan was arrested and transported to the Wickford Barracks and charged with the following:
• Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and or Drugs: (BAC: first reading .282% / second reading .273%)
Mr. Gilligan was held overnight pending a morning arraignment by a Justice of the Peace.
This comes on the heels of three DWI arrests yesterday including one suspect who struck a State Police cruiser. As always, The Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggressively enforce the motor vehicle laws with increased emphasis on speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, texting violations, seat belt, and child restraint violations.
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell states: We thank our citizens for helping us keep our roadways safe. To put a dent in this systemic problem, we need the motoring public to stay vigilant because the life they save taking impair operators off the road many well be one of their loved ones.
Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 911 or *77 on your cell phone.