WESTERLY — A local teenager was arrested for driving under the influence following a three-car accident Thursday that snarled Franklin Street and adjoining roadways around lunchtime.
Alan J. Greenstein, 19, of 69 Sherwood Drive, was charged Thursday with refusal to submit to a chemical test and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, blood alcohol content unknown.
According to the police report, a 2007 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Edwin Hinojosa, of North Stonington, was stopped on Franklin Street at about 10:49 a.m., waiting to make a left turn into Midas. A Midas employee, Hinojosa was driving a car owned by a customer, Lori Graff, of Westerly. Behind him, Sabino C. Nardone, of Pawcatuck, slowed almost to a stop, waiting until he could move into the right lane. Nardone was driving a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup truck owned by Arthur Nardone, of Pawcatuck.
Nardone claims he saw a sport utility vehicle, traveling extremely fast, in his rear view mirror. That vehicle is believed to be a 2009 Buick Enclave, driven by Greenstein and owned by Kimberly S. Greenstein of the same address. According to the police report, Greenstein’s Enclave hit Nardone’s truck, which then struck the Sonata before the pickup truck rolled over and hit a brick wall.
No major injuries were reported in the crash. Nardone, who was able to get out of his upside-down truck unassisted, reported a sore neck and lacerations, and was looked at by members of the Westerly Ambulance Corps. Hinojosa was also treated for soreness. Nardone’s and Greenstein’s vehicles were towed from the scene. Beverly Brown, owner of the now-damaged stone wall, was informed of the damage.
When police asked Greenstein what happened, he reportedly told police, “I don’t know, that gray car (Hinojosa) was parked in the road and then next thing I know, I look to my right and that truck’s on its roof.” The officer taking Greenstein’s statement said he noticed Greenstein had bloodshot and watery eyes, slow speech, and a staggered walk, but did not smell of alcohol.
Greenstein refused transportation from Westerly Ambulance and was taken to the hospital — handcuffed — in a police cruiser. During the trip, he allegedly yelled expletives at the officer. Once at the hospital, he refused to allow a blood sample to be taken, and allegedly continued to yell and curse to the point where hospital staff said he was disturbing other patients. After refusing treatment at the hospital, Greenstein was taken to the station and booked.
When questioned at the station, police allege that Greenstein was difficult to understand, could not focus on answering questions, and reportedly said he was a man and he finished rehab. He added that he might have been driving “a little fast,” possibly five miles per hour over the speed limit.