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RICHMOND — A Charlestown man is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest Thursday to charges of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine, a felony, according to court and state Department of Corrections records.

The man, Paul H. Douglas, 40, of 236 Ram Island Road, was arrested on Aug 6. and was also charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test, an infraction.

According to a Richmond police press release, Douglas was arrested after a traffic stop on Kingstown Road at about 10 p.m. Aug. 6. The police said that the officer detected signs of intoxication and administered a  field sobriety test, which Douglas failed.

In a search, officers found that Douglas was in possession of "a personal use amount" of cocaine, about one gram. 

At the Richmond police station, Douglas did not consent to a breathalyzer test, leading to the refusal charge. He is scheduled to appear before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal on Aug. 20 to answer that charge, according to court records.

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