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WESTERLY — A New Hampshire man is facing DUI charges after the police said he drove past a local officer with the front end of his car smashed in.

The driver, 65-year-old Richard Boulay, of Rochester, N.H., was arrested Monday morning and charged with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was arraigned in Fourth Division Court later in the day and pleaded not guilty.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the charges stem from an incident that occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Franklin Street. According to a police report, a patrol officer observed Boulay driving a 2016 Nissan Altima with a caved-in front passenger side, its headlight and turn signal dragging on the roadway.

Lacey said the officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with Boulay, who showed signs of intoxication.

Lacey said that Boulay "indicated that he was traveling from the Red Sox game to Groton, but was unable to tell the officer where he was or how he had got there. When the officer asked about the damage and where he crashed, the driver said he was not aware he had been in a crash and had no recollection of how his car might have been damaged."

Westerly police have not had any reports this week of a hit-and-run crash that would match the damage or circumstances, Lacey said.

The officer conducted a field sobriety test, which Boulay failed, and he was taken into custody.

Lacey said Tuesday evening that the department is continuing to search for the crash site, but was not optimistic that they would be able to identify where the incident occurred. He said there have been no leads.

"We don't know where he crashed — we don't even know where to begin looking," Lacey said. "All we know for sure is that it occurred between the end of the game and 2:30 a.m., somewhere between here and Fenway Park."

Sunday's game ended at 5:02 p.m., according to mlb.com.

Boulay was released on a promise to appear and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing in June.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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