By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
WESTERLY — Police dispatchers were just about to send out a “be on the lookout for” or BOLO on a silver car being operated by a male that was“all over the road” Tuesday, when the 911 emergency phones began to ring reporting a multiple-car crash with injuries near 74 Tower St.
It was that driver, Alfred L. Melia, 42, of 141 Atlantic Ave., Apt. 2, Westerly, who is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors as a result of the 10 a.m. accident.
Melia is charged with driving as to endanger, physical injury resulting, a felony; driving without the consent of the owner, a felony; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, blood alcohol content unknown, a misdemeanor; driving after denial, suspension/revocation of license, a misdemeanor; and refusal to submit to a chemical test to determine intoxication, for which he received a citation to appear in Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.
First responders on the scene reported finding two female operators out of their vehicles complaining of head and neck pain. Melia was described by police as being unresponsive and laying on his back when first approached by police, but later “woke up and became responsive” after being aided by EMTs. Westerly Ambulance Corps Chief Bethany Gingerella said three people, including Melia, were taken to The Westerly Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Reports of the crash indicate Melia allegedly struck the back of one vehicle headed north and then another traveling south on Tower Street, before he pulled into a driveway. The car he was driving sustained heavy damage, police said.
Melia was arraigned in 4th Division District Court Wednesday where he entered no plea to the felony charges, which will be heard in Superior Court at a later date. He was also presented as being in violation of terms of his bail on an Aug. 7 Westerly police arrest on a domestic charge of entering a building with felonious intent. His bail on the most recent charge was set at $20,000 with surety. He was held without bail on the violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned on that charge in Superior Court on Sept. 27. Charges of domestic disorderly conduct and domestic vandalism and/or malicious injury to property against Melia were dismissed in April when the alleged victim refused to testify.