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Swerving Driver Stopped, Arrested for DUI

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

WARWICK, RI — Officer Jordan Guyton was driving south on Warwick Avenue April 12 at 12:47 p.m. when he spotted a black Chevrolet in front of him, drifting over the yellow line, and pulled the car over, later arresting the driver for DUI.

Guytonapproached the car and noted there were three people inside it. He asked forIDs for everyone, identifying the driver as Melissa Porter, 41, of 56 Horta

Drive, West Warwick, according to the report.

Asthe two spoke, Guyton took note of Porter’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes andan odor of alcohol. Porter told Guyton she had drank two mixed whisky drinksearlier that night, but had not had anything to drink since 8 p.m. She alsovolunteered that she had not slept in the last 70 hours.

Guyton invited Porter to a series of sobriety tests, during which she demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit in her vision; was unable to safely walk a straight line, and showed an inability to balance safely on one foot.

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Guyton transported Porter to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where she registered a . 152 and .145 on successive breath tests of her blood alcohol content. Before the tests, Porter said to Guyton, “Why does it matter? I’m already guilty.”

Guytoncharged her with DUI, .15 or greater, and also cited her for lane violations.

Guytontransported Porter to her home, where a sober adult was waiting for her.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.