WESTERLY — A Westerly man accused this summer of threatening to kill a police officer's family has been sent to the Adult Correctional Institutions after the police said he caused another disturbance at the police station Monday night after a DUI arrest.
In an appearance Tuesday in Fourth Division District Court, the judge ruled that the man, Joseph S. Turano, 25, of 131 Cross St., had violated the conditions of his release on bond after the July 14 incident. He is being held without bond and is due back in court on Oct. 8, according to Rhode Island judicial records.
Turano was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15. He pleaded not guilty both charges.
Westerly police said officers were called to Turano's home at about 8:20 p.m. Monday after his mother called to report that he had nearly struck her with his car while leaving the house. A police report said he was found on Granite Street and an officer stopped him on East Avenue.
Turano told the officer that he and his mother had gotten into a fight and that he left to go to his girlfriend's house. He denied trying to hit her. During questioning, the police said Turano showed multiple signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said that upon learning he would be arrested, Turano yelled insults at the officers and swore profusely. The police said he continued shouting at the police station and throughout the booking process. Turano eventually agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned readings of .180 and .174 in separate phases.
"Unlike earlier this year when he threatened an officer's son by name, he was only charged with disorderly conduct because he did not credibly threaten anyone," Lacey said.
Turano's July 14 arrest stemmed from a domestic incident at his home. While in the cruiser, he called an officer by name, asked how his newborn son was and threatened the baby and the rest of the officer's family, the police aid.
In that incident, he was charged with threatening a public official, domestic simple assault or battery, domestic vandalism and disorderly conduct. That case remains active, court records show, and he has not entered a plea.