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State Police Arrest Subject for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs with his Six-Year-Old Child in the Vehicle

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant John P. Charbonneau, (401)-444-1063

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on June 7, 2014 at 12:45 AM, troopers assigned to the Lincoln Woods Barracks conducted a motor vehicle stop on Plainfield Street in the City of Providence. This motor vehicle stop was the result of traffic violations.

After troopers stopped the vehicle they identified the operator as Robert Lewis, age 35, of 99 Walnut Street, East Providence, Rhode Island. While interacting with Mr. Lewis, Troopers observed various indicators consistent with intoxication. Mr. Lewis' six-year-old son was properly restrained in the rear seat of the vehicle. Mr. Lewis failed a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the scene. He was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks where he submitted to a Breath Test. The test resulted in blood alcohol content readings of .185% and .180%.

Mr. Lewis was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15%.
Mr. Lewis was issued a summons for the following traffic violations:
1.) Intervals Between Vehicles,
2.) No Seatbelt (Operator),
3.) No Seatbelt (Passenger),
4.) Presence of Alcoholic Beverages While Operating or Riding in a Motor Vehicle.

Mr. Lewis was held overnight and appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the morning at which time he was released on personal recognizance pending future 6th Division District Court dates.

Mr. Lewis' son was transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released to a family member. The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families was notified of the incident.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jeremy Cavaco, age 33, of 145 Summit Street, East Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested on a Sixth Division District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Ability to Pay on a charge of Driving with a Suspended License originating out of the East Providence Police Department. He was held overnight, and appeared before a Justice of The Peace in the morning at which time he posted bail and was released.

Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 9-1-1 or *77 on their cell phone.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 06-07-2014

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