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State Police Arrest Subject for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with a Thirteen-Year-Old Child in the Vehicle

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on July 20, 2013, Troopers assigned to the Hope Valley Barracks conducted a motor vehicle stop on Main Street in the Town of West Warwick. This stop was the result of Troopers observations of the driver operating the vehicle in an erratic manner.

The operator was identified as Carlos J. Rodriguez, age 34 of 1621 Main Street, Apt. #4, West Warwick, RI, 02893. While interacting with Mr. Rodriguez, Troopers observed various indicators consistent with intoxication. Also traveling in the vehicle was a thirteen year old male child seated in the front passenger seat.

Mr. Rodriguez submitted to a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the scene, which he failed. Mr. Rodriguez was placed under arrest and transported to the Hope Valley Barracks. Mr. Rodriguez submitted to a Breath Test indicating a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.156% and 0.158%.

Mr. Rodriguez was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and /or Drugs with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15%. Mr. Rodriguez was also charged with speeding, laned roadway violation, obedience to stop sign, presence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, illumination of rear plate lamp, operating without evidence of registration, and operating without evidence of insurance.

Mr. Rodriguez was held overnight pending a morning arraignment before a Justice of the Peace and released on personal recognizance. Mr. Rodriguez was ordered to appear in Third District Court on August 5, 2013. The thirteen year old male was identified as Mr. Rodriguez's son and was released to a family member. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families was contacted and advised of the situation.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Robert J. Carnevale, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Hope Valley Barracks, Rhode Island State Police, (401) 539-2411

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 07-21-2013

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