Bike patrol officers catch DUI suspect

South Kingstown DUI suspect David Mairs

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A pair of bike patrol officers in South Kingstown are being credited with chasing down and arresting a man suspected of driving while under the influence.

According to police, the two officers were nearly hit by an SUV driven by David Mairs Saturday night as he exited the parking lot of a bar on Kingstown Road.

The officers knocked on his window in an attempt to get Mairs’ attention, police said, but he ignored them and drove off.

The officers pursued Mairs’ vehicle and were able to catch up with him after he stopped at a red light at the intersection with Dale Carlia Street.

Police again approached the vehicle and said Mairs admitted to consuming alcohol at the bar, according to police. Based on his statements, actions and the results of field sobriety testing, he was taken into custody under suspicion of driving drunk.

Mairs, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 20 on a charge of DUI (BAC unknown). Police said he was also issued a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summons for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

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