6 out-of-state residents arrested since increase in patrols on Block Island

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NOTE: This story was updated to show the charges against some of the suspects were later dropped.

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — Six out-of-state residents were arrested during the first week of increased police patrols on Block Island.

Additional Rhode Island State Police troopers were deployed to the island on Friday.

“Traffic safety is our priority and we are committed to working with the New Shoreham Police Department to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors of Block Island,” Col. James Manni said.

The first of three weeks of increased enforcement ended with six arrests and 96 summons for various motor vehicle violations, according to police.

On Friday, just before 3 p.m., police arrested a 44-year-old man from Oakdale, Conn., on a disorderly conduct charge following reports of a man urinating in public at the ferry landing.

Later on Friday, at approximately 11:45 p.m., troopers and New Shoreham police arrested a 26-year-old New York man on charges of driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test following a motor vehicle stop.

On Saturday, police arrested two men from Massachusetts due to a domestic dispute. Court records show the charges against them were later dismissed by prosecutors.

A 57-year-old Meriden, Conn., man was arrested on DUI charges around noon Sunday.

Also on Sunday, police arrested a 20-year-old Florida man following a rollover crash.

New Shoreham police and state troopers said they are investigating four crashes from over the weekend, three of which involved mopeds. No serious injuries were reported as a result of these crashes.

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