Sprint Through Town Ends in DUI Charge
A North Providence man, 29, faces a drunk-driving charge after he was stopped for speeding in Barrington.
Driving 20 mph over the speed limit in Barrington at 2:30 in the morning will definitely draw the attention of patrol officers.
A North Providence man, 29, is the latest driver to get that type of scrutiny. He now faces a drunk driving charge as well as speeding.
Matthew D. Ferrante was traveling 56 mph in a 35 mph zone on County Road early last Saturday morning, Dec. 29. His car also was observed drifting over the fog line and, after making a left turn onto Massasoit Avenue, traveling in the westbound lane while traveling east, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.
Patrol Officer Michael Gregorzek pulled over Ferrante on Massasoit Avenue. His bloodshot and watery eyes and an alleged strong smell of alcohol on his breath didn’t help his cause, said LaCross.
Ferrante took a field sobriety test and didn't do well, LaCross said. He refused a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol level.
After being taken to the police station, Ferrante also got belligerent and began calling police officers vulgar names while asking them "if they had nothing better to do," the police chief said.
Ferrante was arraigned by a justice of the peace and held overnight. He was given a date to appear in District Court before being released Saturday morning.