WARWICK, RI — Warwick officers were called to the intersection of East Avenue and Tillinghast Avenue for a crash detected by an Apple Watch Nov. 9 at 11:48 p.m., where they arrested a Tesla driver on a DUI charge.
Officer Connor Bemis, one of three officers responding to the call, noted other reports about the crash informed them a car had crashed into a wall in the area.
Bemis arrived to find a gray 2021 Tesla Model Y had struck a stone wall facing Tillinghast Avenue at 699 Bald Hill Road, the former Dunkin Donuts, with its front end hanging onto Tillinghast, according to the report. The Model Y was lodged on top of the wall, with all its air bags deployed.
Bemis also noted large pieces of stone scattered over Tillinghast Avenue. He contacted the driver, Justen Dimaio, who was standing outside the Tesla. Dimaio said he’d been driving at the time of the crash, and that he was not injured.
Bemis reported immediately smelling a strong odor of alcohol on Dimaio’s breath, noting his speech was slurred, and his eyes bloodshot. Dimaio told him he had been driving west on East Avenue when a car exiting Chase Bank pulled in front of him and cut him off, resulting in the crash.
During sobriety tests, Dimaio demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit in his and involuntary movement in his vision, used his arms for balance and failed to count steps during a walk and turn, then put his foot down after six seconds and swayed during a one-leg stand.
Bemis arrested Dimaio on suspicon of driving under the influence of alcohol, and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he refused a breath test of his blood alcohol content.
Bemis charged Dimaio with DUI, blood alcohol content unknown, first offense, and cited him for refusing the test, leaving the lane of travel, and failing to maintain control of his car.
He was later released to the custody of a sober adult. Dimaio was arraigned in Third District Court Nov. 30, then scheduled for a hearing on the DUI charge for Jan. 12.
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