Westerly police subdue man with pepper spray after Misquamicut DUI crash

Westerly police subdue man with pepper spray after Misquamicut DUI crash



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WESTERLY — A Wakefield man is facing DUI and other charges after police said he struck a parked car and nearly crashed into two others while driving under the influence before then becoming combative with officers when they attempted to arrest him.

Marcus J. Akinkuowo, 35, was charged Sunday with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, refusal to submit to a chemical test and resisting arrest. He was treated for minor injuries sustained in a scuffle with officers, then was held overnight pending arraignment on Monday.

A Fourth Division District Court judge ordered Akinkuowo held without bond as a probation violator related to a 2008 conviction of breaking and entering in South Kingstown, as well as violations related to a June 2017 conviction of driving under the influence. He was remanded into custody following his arraignment hearing, according to court records.

Officers arrested Akinkuowo on Sunday afternoon following complaints of an unruly driver who had caused one crash and nearly caused two others while attempting to exit from a parking space in the lot near Paddy’s Beach Club in Misquamicut.

Witnesses told police that he backed into a parked car, then nearly struck two others before bystanders were able to get him to stop. While speaking with officers, a police report said he showed multiple signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed.

Westerly Police Lt. Robert Warner said that when officers attempted to arrest Akinkuowo following the field sobriety test, he became agitated and swung without warning while officers were trying to handcuff him. After narrowly missing, police said he turned and attempted to swing again. Officers were able to use a Cap-Stun pepper spray to quickly subdue him.

No serious injuries were reported to Akinkuowo, who did need treatment for exposure to pepper spray, and no one else was injured.

During further investigation, police discovered on him eight one-gram packages of a white powdery substance. The evidence was seized and sent to a state laboratory for further testing, police said.

Akinkuowo also declined a breathalyzer during a June 2017 arrest, court records show, leading to a second offense for refusal to submit in the Sunday incident. Under state law, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer is an infraction for first refusal but is considered a misdemanor when it occurs more than once.

The case was referred to Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in October.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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