A Riverside woman, 54, was charged with drunk driving in Barrington on Sunday evening, Jan. 26, after being pulled over for speeding on the Wampanoag Trail and with a blood alcohol level more than triple the legal limit.
“The officer could have saved her from injuring herself as well as someone else,” said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.
Two separate Breathalyzer tests showed that her blood alcohol levels were .281 and .284, according to the arrest report. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08.
The woman, Debra L. Trippleton, of 17 Peck Ave., was spotted by a patrol officer on a routine traffic post driving her Subaru Outback at 66 mph in a 45 mph zone, according LaCross.
She drifted from lane to lane at around 65 mph and did not react to either the patrol officer’s lights or siren at first, the police chief said. She finally pulled over near Vitullo Farm just south of the East Providence line.
The woman exhibited most of the characteristics of someone who has been drinking, said LaCross, including bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. She told the officer that she had come from Town Pizza in Riverside just around the corner from her home.
Trippleton first failed a field sobriety test.
“She did not do well,” said LaCross.
Trippleton was taken to the Barrington police station, where she was held overnight until taken to District Court Monday morning to face the charge.