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Officer Sees Car Vs. Pole Crash, Charges Driver with DUI

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, RI — Officer Michael Rosa was watching traffic from the lot of the 2677 West Shore Road Dunkin Donuts May 4 at 10 p.m. when a gray Hundai driver veered into a telephone pole, earning  a DUI charge for the car vs. pole crash.

Rosa got the the site of the crash and entered the car from the passenger’s side door, since the driver’s side had been damaged in the crash. He identified the driver as Vincent Mancini, 58, of 131 Fordson Ave., Apt. 9, Cranston, RI.

Mancini appeared confused and disoriented, and was unable to tell Rosa where he was coming from or where he had been headed prior to the car vs. pole crash, according to the officer’s report. Rosa asked him twice for his license but the driver did not provide it, he reported. He told Rosa he had drank “a couple” of drinks that night, according to the officer’s report. Rosa helped Mancini out of the car and guided him to the rear of the vehicle and asked for his license a third time. Mancini pulled a pile of miscellaneous cards from his pocket. He handed Mancini a card, which was not his license. When asked for his license again, Mancini reached for the stack of cards again but was unable to take them out of his pocket a second time, “demostrating extremely poor dexterity,” according to the report.

Warwick Rescue arrived to assess Mancini and treat him for any injury, but he refused treatment.

During a series of sobriety tests, Mancini stared blankly at Rosa during a vision check, rendering that test ineffective. During a walk and turn test, Mancini lost his balance, fell forward and had to be caught from falling. During a one-leg stand test, he hopped backwards and also had to be caught to prevent him from falling.

Rosa determined Mancini could not safely drive, and arrested him on suspicion of DUI, transporting him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, Warwick, RI, where he refused to submit to a breath test of his blood alcohol level. His car was towed from the crash by West Shore Collision.

Rose charged Mancini with DUI, blood alcohol unknown, first offense, and cited him for refusing the test and also for failing to keep his car in its lane prior to the car vs. pole crash.

Rob Borkowski
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