A Westerly man charged Tuesday morning was among 15 people arrested over the Columbus Day holiday weekend as part of a Rhode Island State Police initiative to remove impaired drivers from state roads.
Jason Hedges, 36, of 20 Top St., was charged early Tuesday morning with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, refusal to submit to a chemical test and driving with a suspended license. He was also cited for speeding at more than 11 mph over the posted speed limit, laned roadway violations and failure to use a turn signal when required.
Hedges was held overnight without bond and was scheduled to appear in Third Division District Court on Tuesday. As a result of a previous arrest, state police said he would also be charged as a bail violator.
Rhode Island State Police arrested Hedges shortly after midnight when state troopers recorded him travelling at speeds up to 94 miles an hour along Interstate 95 North in West Greenwich.
Col. Ann C. Assumpico said in an email that his arrest was the last stemming from an effort that began Friday and continued into Tuesday morning.
“Anyone who chooses to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs poses a tremendous risk to everyone on our roads,” Colonel Assumpico said. “We are fortunate that no deaths or serious injuries resulted from the alleged actions of these individuals. We hope these arrests send a strong message – that the Rhode Island State Police will not tolerate impaired driving on our roadways.”
Also charged with DUI-related offenses over the holiday weekend were the following:
Craig J. Corey, 28, of East Providence; Santos Hernandez Estrada, 19, of Newport; Donald Moore, 28, of Woonsocket; John A. Delbonis Jr., 21, of Johnston; Judson Lisiecka, 46, of Cranston; Isaurindo Ramos, 53, of Warwick; Joaquim Galvao, 56, of Lincoln; Rhonda Uribe, 50, of Central Falls; Michael Nickerson, 60, of Warwick; Phillip Camire, 53, of East Fairhaven, Mass.; Carmen Cuba, 30, of Central Falls; Michael A. Goddard, 35, of Pawtucket; Victoria Robbins, 28, of Woonsocket; and Yudis Mendez, 34, of Providence.