WARWICK, R.I. — Officer Anthony D’Abrosca arrested an erratic driver April 9 at 9:32 p.m. on East Avenue for DUI and possession of 50 amphetamine pills in his pocket, which he explained by claiming to be wearing someone else’s pants.
D’Abrosca spotted the swerving gray 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee drive over the center lane then jerk back, and ran a check on the registration, noting the plates belonged to a different vehicle. D’Abrosca pulled the Jeep over, and identified the driver as Ryan J. King, 46, of 181 Glen Drive, Warwick.
King told D’Abrosca that he had just bought the car, according to D’Abrosca’s report. D’Abrosca reported smelling alcohol on the man’s breath as they spoke and observing that his eyes were bloodshot and his face was flushed.
D’Abrosca asked King to step out of the car to perform sobriety tests, which King agreed to. King stumbled as he stepped from the vehicle, nearly falling toward oncoming traffic, according to the officer’s report.
During the tests, King displayed a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary eye movement in his vision, was unable to balance or keep his feet together during a walk and turn test and refused to finish it, and refused to attempt a one-leg stand.
D’Abrosca arrested King and placed in D’Abrosca’s cruiser, after a search of his person. During the search, the officer found a sandwich bag with several pills, later determined to be amphetamine, in King’s pants pocket, according to the report.
King told D’Abrosca he had just been borrowing the pants, which were not his own, and that the pills belonged to the owner of the pants, according to D’Abrosca’s report.
At Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, King refused a breath test of his blood alcohol. D’Abrosca charged him with DUI, blood alcohol unknown, and cited him for refusing the test. The officer also cited him for lane violations, and driving without insurance.
D’Abrosca also charged King with possession of amphetamines, a controlled substance. King was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and attended a court screening for his case in Third District Court on May 13.