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WESTERLY — A Hopkinton woman is facing DUI charges after the police said her car was observed swerving back and forth on High Street in downtown Westerly.

The woman, 53-year-old Dawn E. Alarie, of 17 Moscow Brook Trail, was charged Saturday with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test. She was also cited with laned roadway violations.

Alarie was taken into custody around 3:15 p.m. after she was stopped for erratic driving. A police report said officers were alerted by a motorist on High Street near Cumberland Farms, who told dispatchers that the vehicle "was all over the road."

An officer spotted the car near the intersection with Canal Street and followed it south toward Dixon Square, the report said. The vehicle crossed the center line and veered into empty parking spaces on the northbound side of the road and then headed into the southbound parking lane for a moment before straightening out, the police said.

"It is often busy downtown on a Saturday afternoon and it was fortunate that no one was injured and no cars were struck," Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said. Alarie failed a field sobriety test and agreed to take a portable breathalyzer, which returned a reading of .235.

The police said she was cooperative, but refused to take a full breathalyzer test when brought to the police station. Alarie was released following booking and is due in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment on Feb. 28, according to court records.

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