WESTERLY — A Massachusetts man was arrested on DUI charges Friday night after the police said he struck curbing at the Weekapaug Bridge, damaging his car.
The man, Francis Maina, 37, of Worcester, Mass., was charged with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test, second offense in less than five years. He was also cited with laned roadway violations.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said police, fire and ambulance personnel were called to Atlantic Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. with reports that a car had struck the bridge. Emergency personnel saw that the accident "was very minor in nature," Lacey said.
Officers spoke with the caller and were able to locate Maina with his car, which was parked but running along Breach Drive. A police report said the trunk was open and the wheel and tire were damaged. There was no injury.
Police said Maina showed signs of intoxication and was struggling to balance. He was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was taken into custody. He refused a breathalyzer test at the police station. It was Maina's second DUI arrest in two years. According to police records, he was charged with refusing preliminary and chemical tests following a DUI-related traffic stop in North Smithfield in May 2018.
Maina was released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court later this month.