WESTERLY — A 43-year-old Bradford man is facing DUI charges after police said he struck a utility pole Saturday on Main Street and tried to drive away from the crash.
The man, Brian F. Kelleher, 43, of 1 Quiet Oak Drive, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15, leaving the scene of a crash causing damage to property, and driving without insurance. He was also charged with several motor vehicle violations, the police said.
Kelleher was released after booking and is expected to appear in Fourth Division District Court later this month.
According to Westerly police, officers were called after receiving reports that a crash had occurred near the Shell gas station on Main Street around 8:15 a.m. and that the driver had turned around and driven back the way he'd come.
An officer found Kelleher a short distance away in a parking lot near Printing Plus and Elite Cleaners, the police said. Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the car, a 2004 Toyota Solara, had a flat tire, heavy front end damage, and was disabled.
The police said Kelleher was unable to stand on his own and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to the Westerly Police Station, where he agreed to a breathalyzer test; it rturned readings of .199 and .194 in separate phases.
"He told officers he'd been drinking the night before, but had not had one that day," Lacey said.
An investigation determined that Kelleher's car was northbound when witnesses said it began swaying back and forth. He crossed the center median and hit the pole on the west side of the roadway, which caused his car to spin and face the opposite way. Witnesses said he began driving south at a low rate of speed.