WESTERLY — A Massachusetts man is facing charges after police said he sped past an off-duty sergeant on Airport Road and crossed onto Route 78 then accelerating to speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The man, 22-year-old Igor Desouza, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Desouza, of Framingham, Mass., will also face citations for speeding and laned roadway violations, Westerly police said.
Police Chief Shawn Lacey said a sergeant with his department was a passenger in a car traveling on Airport Road when Desouza passed him at "easily more than 100 mph" around 8:40 p.m. Desouza stopped briefly at a red light at the intersection of Route 1 before then peeling out and traveling more than 100 mph again on Route 78, weaving around cars and at times traveling off the roadway to do so.
"He was driving at dangerous speeds and nearly caused numerous crashes as drivers had to swerve to avoid collisions as he was passing," Lacey said. He said following the sergeant's report, the department received numerous additional calls reporting the same driver.
Desouza was finally stopped at the Exit 2 off-ramp leading to Route 3, the police said, and immediately began arguing with the officer that he "did nothing wrong," a phrase he repeatedly numerous times. He showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed.
Westerly police said he denied a breathalyzer test on scene, but later agreed during the booking process. The police said he blew readings of .176 and .160 in separate phases.
Police said records showed he was wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but it was unclear why he was wanted or whether agents had detained him. Rhode Island court records show he was released on a promise to appear Monday and is due in Fourth Division District Court for formal arraignment on Aug. 2.