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RICHMOND — A local man is facing charges including driving under the influence, after the police said he was stopped last month for traveling more than twice the speed limit along Route 91.

Justin S. Ballinger, 35, of 2 Fairway Drive, was arraigned Thursday on one count of driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content.

Richmond police stopped Ballinger along Route 91 in the area of Switch Road in mid-May after an officer conducting speed enforcement clocked him on radar traveling 74 mph in a 35 mph zone.

During a conversation with Ballinger, the officer detected signs of intoxication and he was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Richmond police said while in custody, Ballinger refused to provide breathalyzer samples, leading to an additional charge of refusal to submit to a chemical test. That charge has been referred to the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal for adjudication.

Ballinger entered a not guilty plea to the charge and remains free on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court for a pretrial conference on June 27.

— Jason Vallee

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