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Driver Admits Drunk Driving Following Warwick Avenue Crash

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

WARWICK — Officer Ali Jaafar was running sobriety tests withthe driver of a white 2006 Chevy Malibu who had reportedly caused a crashturning onto Warwick Avenue from Wayne Street April 11 at 4:32 p.m. when he

abruptly admitted to driving drunk.

Remegio G. Salinas, 54, of 77 Oniska St., Warwick, hadalready refused to cooperate with Jaafar during a vision test and wasattempting a walk-and-turn test when the driver suddenly said, “Forget it. I’mdone. Just take my drunk a** to jail. I’m done playing games. I’m not gonnaplay with you here. I admit it,” according to the officer’s report.

When Jaafar arrived at the scene of the crash, he met withthe drivers of both the Malibu and a blue 2006 Chevy Colorado pickup, andimmediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Salinas’s breath, according tothe report.

Jaafar asked if Salinas had drunk any alcohol prior to thecrash, and the driver said he had drunk, “A couple shots,” later stating he

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had, “Only had a beer,” the officer reported.

Jaafar began the tests after that, leading to Salinas’squick admission. Jaafar arrested Salinas and handcuffed him, finding atwo-thirds empty 200 ml bottle of whiskey, 50 percent alcohol, in his sweaterpocket. Jaafar transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 VeteransMemorial Drive, where he refused to submit to a breath test of his bloodalcohol level.

Jaafar charged Salinas with DUI, first offense, bloodalcohol content unknown, and cited him for refusing the breath test, andfailing to yield to oncoming vehicles.