WARWICK, RI — Officer Alfred Silveira was called to Satander Bank at 1927 Post Road July 8 at 9:59 p.m. for a report of a man who had driven a blue 1999 Ford F150 over a concrete wall in front of the bank and continued south, arresting the man on a DUI charge after two fellow officers stopped him.
Silveira identified the driver as John Fay, 51, of 2790 Mendon Road, Apt. 105, Cumberland, RI. As the two spoke, the officer could detect a strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath, according to the officer’s report. Silveira also noted the man’s eyes were bloodshot and his face was flushed.
The officer invited Fay to a series of sobriety tests, which he did not perform very well. Fay demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary eye movement in his vision, according to Silveira’s report. Fay also missed heel to toe cadence and stepped off-line during a walk and turn test, and was not able to balance on one foot.
Given Fay’s inability to navigate his truck around the wall, and his performance on the tests, Silveira arrested Fay and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
On the way to the station, Silveira reported he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Fay. This prompted Silveira to ask the man how much he’d had to drink, to which Fay responded, “Too much.”
Silveira asked Fay to pick a number between one and 10 for how many drinks he’d had, to which the man replied, “twelve,” according to the officer’s report. Fay said he’d come from the Ocean Mist in Wakefield, where he had had many pineapple and vodka mixed drinks. Fay also noted that he should not have been driving.
At the station, Fay declined to test that assessment out on the breathalyzer, and Silveira charged him with DUI, first offense, blood alcohol unknown, and was issued a summons for Third District Court on Aug. 1. Silveira also cited him for refusing the breath test.
Silveira then transported Fay to Kent County Memorial Hospital for detox.