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HOPKINTON — A Coventry man is facing DUI charges after police said he drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee through the intersection of Main Street and onto Lawton Foster Road South "at a high rate of speed" on Sunday and then  crashed onto a stone wall.

The man, Herman D. Cooper, 42, was not injured but he showed several signs of intoxication, according to a Hopkinton police report.

Cooper was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of greater than .15. He was also cited for laned roadway violations. He was released on a promise to appear for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court on May 14, according to Rhode Island court records.

Hopkinton police were notified of the crash by a resident of Main Street at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The neighbor reported hearing the car speed through the intersection, and then the crash, followed by revving when the Jeep got stuck on a stone wall lining a driveway.

The caller's husband spoke with Cooper, who showed signs of intoxication, and the couple decided to report the incident to police. The police administered a field sobriety test, which he failed.

He agreed to a breathalyzer test, which was performed at the Richmond Police Department (there was problem with Hopkinton's equipment). About an hour after the crash, the police said, the breathalyzer returned blood alcohol content readings of .197 and .204 in separate phases, conducted 15 minutes apart.

Cooper was turned over to the custody of a friend, a police report said.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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