WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police stopped the driver of a green 2008 Toyota Highlander swerving on Post Road Aug. 1 at 5:44 p.m., charging him with DUI.
Officer William Holz and other officers were were called to the area of Main Avenue and Warwick Industrial Drive for the report. Holz was driving south on Post Road near TF Green Airport when he spotted the SUV pass him headed toward the Airport Connector west ramp. The Highlander stopped half-way into the intersection in the right hand lane, where the traffic light showed a red arrow for the left-hand lane, according to Holz’s report. The Highlander turned left from the right-hand lane against the red arrow, Holz reported.
Holz followed the SUV as it headed west on the Airport Connector toward the I-95 merge as it swerved right across the white fog line several times. Holz activated his cruiser’s lights to make a stop, and the Highlander continued another eighth of a mile before pulling over on the right shoulder just before the I-95 North on-ramp, according to the report.
Holz identified the driver as a Alexander Greenlee, 52, of 377 Warren Ave., East Providence, and noted the man’s eyes were severely bloodshot and his speech was slurred and mumbled. His face was flushed, and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the report.
Holz asked Greenlee to step from his vehicle for a series of sobriety tests. Greenlee said he had drank alcohol earlier that night, and that he was returning from work on his way home. Greenlee swayed on his feet and his movements were slow, Holz reported.
During the tests, Greenlee demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary eye movements in his vision. He refused to perform a walk and turn test or one-leg stand, stating that nerve damage prevented him from doing so safely. He briefly attempted a one-leg stand but immediately began to sway and hop.
Holz arrested Greenlee on suspicion of DUI, alcohol, and his vehicle was towed from the scene. An inventory of the Highlander turned up empty and full alcohol beverage containers, including empty containers in the center console.
At Warwick Police Headquarters, Greenlee registered a .282 and .289 on successive blood alcohol breath tests. Holz charged Greenlee with DUI, blood alcohol .15 or greater, fist offense, and issued him two violations for violating traffic control devices and failing to stay in his lane. He was released to a sober adult.