WARWICK, RI — Officers Sgt. John Curley and Sara Goes were sent to Raymour & Flanigan at 444 Quaker Ln Oct. 25 at 11:05 p.m. for a report of a car crash with injuries, ultimately arresting a West Warwick man on a DUI charge.
Curley was the third officer to arrive, and found Goes already interviewing the driver of one of the cars, a gray Dodge Ram, identified as Bruno Tucci, 51, of 44 Juniper Ln., West Warwick. Curley asked him how the crash had occurred, to which Tucci said he didn’t know, and had not done anything, according to the officer’s report.
Curley said he noticed an odor of alcohol on Tucci’s breath as he spoke. When the officer asked him how many alcoholic drinks he’d had, Tucci replied, “three,” according to the report.
During a series of sobriety tests, Tucci demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary eye movement in his vision.
Before taking the walk and turn test, Tucci told Curley he had recently had surgery on his left knee and that it was difficult to put weight on it, but that he felt he could still take the test. During that test, Tucci used his arms for balance and missed heel-to-toe cadence and stopped to grasp his knee. Despite Tucci’s assurance, Curley halted the test out of concern for his safety and healing knee, according to the officer’s report. Curley also decided to not ask Curley to take a one-leg-stand test for those reasons.
Knee injury aside, Curley concluded Tucci was not fit to continue driving, and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Curley placed Tucci in his cruiser and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veteran Memorial Drive, where he refused to take a breath test of his blood alcohol level. Curley charged him with DUI, blood alcohol content unknown, and cited him for refusing the test.
Tucci was released to a sober adult.