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WPD: Busted Headlight Alerts Officer to DUI Arrest

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 Zachary Black headed south on Greenwich Avenue passing Lowes when a silver 2010 Nissan passed him with a headlight out, prompting a traffic stop that ended with a DUI arrest.

Black stopped the Nissan at the East Avenue intersection, and spoke with the driver, identified as Michael Allesandro, 48, of 250 Highland Corporate Drive, Cumberland. As the two spoke, Black reported noticing an odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. Black asked him to perform sobriety tests, which agitated Allesandro, according to the report. Nonetheless, Allesandro agreed.

During the tests, Allesandro failed to follow instructions during a test of his vision, but showed no signs of impairment, according to the report. Black reported Allesandro staggered and stepped off-line during a walk and turn test and also put his foot down three times, used his arms for balance and swayed side to side during a one-leg stand test.

A second officer arrived on the scene, and administered a portable breath test to Allesandro, on which the driver registered a .156 blood alcohol level. Black arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he refused to take an additional breath test of his blood alcohol.

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Black charged Allesandro with DUI, first offense, blood alcohol unknown, and cited him for refusing the breath test and for driving without an operating light. He was released into the custody of a sober adult..

Rob Borkowski
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