RICHMOND — A near head-on collision led police to an alleged DUI driver with a blood alcohol content more than 2.5 times higher than the legal limit.
Richmond police charged Portsmouth resident Herbet E. Bliven, 51, with one count of driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than .15 after an incident on May 19. He was later released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment, officials said.
According to a police summary, several callers reported a near head-on collision caused by an erratic driver in a red van who had crossed the along Switch Road. One of the callers followed the van and reported that it had pulled over in the area of Dawn Lane and the driver “appeared to be highly intoxicated.”
Police said Bliven drove away as an officer pulled up behind the van, then turned onto Pine Hill Road. He continued for a short distance at low speeds, still showing signs of erratic driving, before finally pulling into a nearby driveway and coming to a stop.
Police said Bliven showed multiple signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test before being taken into custody. He consented to a breathalyzer test at the Richmond Police Department, which returned blood alcohol content readings of .193 and .210 in separate phases. The legal limit for drivers over 21 in Rhode Island is .08.