WARWICK, RI — Warwick officers, alerted to an erratically driven black Ford Edge on Post Road by multiple callers, pulled over and arrested the driver on a DUI charge Jan. 29 at 10:28 p.m.
Three officers in WPD cruisers pulled behind the Ford as it headed south on the Post Road Extension, one of them signaling the driver to pull over with emergency lights, according to Officer Keara Enos’s report.
Enos, and the other two officers stopped and exited their cruisers, approaching the SUV, and spoke with the driver, identifying him as Jason Mathieu, 50, of 76 Woodhaven Road, Pawtucket.
Officer William Holz, noticed the keys were still in the SUV’s ignition, and the vehicle was still in drive. He asked Mathieu to put it in park, which the driver did, after fumbling briefly with the radio, according to the report. Enos reported noticing Mathieu’s eyes were glossed and bloodshot. He was also unable to answer questions about his destination and slurred his speech.
When asked if he had been drinking, Mathieu said he had, but was unable to provide a coherent answer when asked how much, Enos reported.
The officers asked Mathieu to step from the SUV and walk to the back, which he managed, slowly, and stumbling several times. He had to be directed toward the back of his vehicle several times, according to Enos’s report.
Mathieu agreed to take sobriety tests, during which he exhibited a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary eye movement in his vision, failed to walk a straight line, and was unable to stand on one foot for more than a few seconds at a time, swaying while he did so, according to Enos’s report.
Enos arrested Mathieu on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive. His SUV was towed from the scene by Blue Sun Towing.
At headquarters, Mathieu registered a .211, .232 and .252 on successive breath tests of his blood alcohol content. An officer transported him to Kent Hospital for detox treatment.
Enos charged Mathieu with DUI, .15 or greater.