SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — South Kingstown police arrested a wrong-way driver early Friday morning.

Police say 32-year-old Jaime Cafferty was seen driving north on Route 1 South around 3:40 a.m.

When officers stopped him, police say he was “found to be extremely confused and suspected of being impaired by liquor and or drugs.”

Officers also said he had bloodshot, watery eyes, mumbled speech, and even nodded off while speaking to them.

When asked to hand over his driver’s license, police said they got a debit card instead.

WATCH: Jaime Cafferty’s arraignment (Story continues below.)

Cafferty was placed into custody and taken to South County Hospital where he took a chemical test.

“He was unsteady on his feet and was unable to perform the SF SSTS as he continued to fall over with the officers catching him,” Lt. Bethany Dolock said.

Cafferty was charged with driving under the influence. During his arraignment Friday morning, the judge told him just how lucky he was.

“Well, can I explain?” Cafferty tried to chime in.

But that’s when his public defender stopped him from saying anything further.

Court records show Cafferty has a criminal history, mostly related to DUIs and traffic violations. That’s why the judge set his bond at a higher-than-usual rate of $3,000, to relay the seriousness of the situation.

“This driver’s bad decision to get behind the wheel could have led to a tragedy this morning,” Police Chief Matthew Moynihan said. “I want to commend the good work of our officers who moved quickly – and risked their own safety – to get this dangerous driver off the road.”

“Getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs is not a safe thing to do,” Moynihan stressed. “And those that aren’t hearing this warning, we will find them and we will charge them and hold them accountable for their actions.”