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Rhode Island State Police Arrests Subject for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs After Nearly Colliding with Police Cruiser

Contact: Captain Ernest C. Quarry, Jr., District "A" Commander, Telephone: (401) 444-1009

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that at 12:10 a.m. on October 5, 2012, members of the Lincoln Woods Barracks were on a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue in the City of Providence when they observed a vehicle approaching their location and nearly colliding into their cruiser while being driven on two (2) flat tires. After Troopers stopped the vehicle, the investigation revealed that the operator was highly impaired and belligerent. Troopers also observed two (2) minor children, ages 3 and 4, in the vehicle and unrestrained.

The operator is identified as Chanuom Pan, age 34, of 86 Ellery Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Pan was arrested and transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks and charged with the following:

•Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and or Drugs: (.380 BAC, .387 BAC)

Pan was held overnight pending a morning arraignment in Sixth Division District Court in Providence. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the father of the minor children were contacted and responded to the barracks. The father took custody of the minor children.

As was stated by Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell at a press conference on August 17, 2012 to kick off the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, he emphasizes that members of the Rhode Island State Police will remain vigilant with regard to strict enforcement of the Rhode Island General Laws and specifically detecting impaired motorists.

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.

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  • Release date: 10-05-2012

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