Two drivers of motor vehicles in Barrington that were operating erratically were taken off the streets over the last few days because of reports from callers to the police department.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross couldn’t be happier about the help citizens are giving patrol officers to make the roads safer.
“We’re getting erratic operators off the road,” LaCross said, and that’s the bottom line.
“Officers could be elsewhere responding to a call or on a routine radar patrol,” said the police chief.
The watchful eyes of citizens who call dispatch can help patrol officers get drunk drivers off the road, he said. Two reports since last Wednesday are examples.
A Warren man, 26, was pulled over by Patrol Officer Wesley McCoy Jr. on County Road after a caller made a report of an erratic operator about 10:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The vehicle was pulled over by McCoy after he observed it traveling about 19 mph in the 35-mph zone, said LaCross.
Maxwell B. Haders, of 19 William St., was subsequently charged with drunk driving. He failed a field sobriety test, and the results of two Breathalyzer tests that showed his blood alcohol levels at almost three times the legal limit of .08.
The incident report also indicates that the caller returned to the scene of the stop to make a statement about what he saw before McCoy pulled over the vehicle.
Haders initially refused the Breathalyzer tests, but then took two tests in the police station, where he was held overnight. His blood alcohol levels were .231 and .234, said LaCross.
Haders was taken to District Court on Thursday morning to face the charge.
Then on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8, another caller reported to dispatch that a vehicle had crossed the center line on Middle Highway near Primrose Hill School numerous times and had driven up on the grass.
The caller actually stayed on the line with police to provide the location of the alleged erratic operator, LaCross said. It helped Patrol Officer Anthony DeCristoforo pull over the vehicle on Maple Avenue at Dispirito Street at around 2:08 pm.
Colleen Adams, 41, of 200 East Shore Drive, East Providence, was eventually charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test, carrying an open bottle of vodka while operating the vehicle, and laned roadway violations.
Adams showed all the symptoms of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said LaCross, including slow and lethargic movements and slurred speech, and she failed a field sobriety test. But the officer did not smell alcohol on her breath, he said.
Police attempted to take a blood test to determine if she had some type of drug or medication in her body, LaCross said. But she refused the test.
Adams was arraigned in the police station by a justice of the peace. She was released into the custody of her stepfather, LaCross said, with a date to appear in District Court this week.
The woman told police she had planned to drive to Laconia, NH, for a birthday party later that day, LaCross said.