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WESTERLY —A Westerly man was arrested early Sunday after the police said he got into a tussle with officers during a traffic stop.

The man, James P. Lynch, 56, of 37 Canal St., was charged at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, driving when license or registration is suspend or denied, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was released on a promise to appear for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court.

According to Westerly police, Lynch drove past an officer on Industrial Avenue in a car that had a license plate matching a different vehicle. The police said Lynch stopped at the Canal Street intersection and he got out of the car, stumbling and slurring his speech.

Lynch was ordered into the car, but he moved toward the officer, pushing him several times. The police said backup then arrived and Lynch was taken to the ground and handcuffed, kicking and punching at officers. No injuries were reported.

The police said Lynch failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test at the police station.

— Jason Vallee

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