standing Police Siren Generic

RICHMOND — A Charlestown man is facing charges of driving under the influence after police said a traffic stop for speeding led officers to discover he was had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

The man, Shawn P. Thomas, 39, of 14 Acorn Valley Way, was stopped Monday around 8 p.m. after an officer on South County Trail clocked him at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police said Thomas showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test. At the police station, he agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned readings of .243 and .245 in separate phases. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08. 

Thomas was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15 and was also cited for speeding. He was released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court.

— Jason Vallee

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.