WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police were called to 2100 Warwick Ave. March 4 at 7:55 p.m. for a report of a single-car crash of a gray 2014 Infinity into a light pole with no injuries, arresting the driver on a DUI charge.
Officer Joseph Tanner arrived at the scene and met with an officer already speaking with the driver at a nearby parking lot at 2038 Warwick Ave. Tanner identified the driver as Brandon Goodnow, 30, of 106 Shrewsbury St., Holden, MA, the officer reported.
During their conversation, Tanner noted Goodnow’s speech was slurred and his actions were lethargic, according to the officer’s report.
Tanner asked if he had been drinking alcohol, to which the driver replied that he had drank one pint of vodka and two Corona Lights earlier that day. Given that information, Tanner invited Goodow to a series of sobriety tests.
During the tests, Goodnow demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit in his vision, and involuntary eye movements in his eyes. He also stepped off-line during a walk-and-turn test.
Goodnow registered a . 238 blood alcohol level on a portable breath test, and Tanner arrested him on suspicion of DUI, then transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he also tested at a blood alcohol content of .229 and .224 during successive tests.
Tanner issued Goodnow a summons for Third District Court to answer a charge of DUI, blood alcohol content .15 or greater, and cited for leaving the scene of a crash.
During the incident, Goodnow told officers that he had been trying to get arrested for DUI, stating, “I did not want to have to return to a corporate job in a cubical and I knew that a DUI would make sure I don’t have to,” he said, according to the report.
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