WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police have arrested the same man twice in 24 hours for DUI.
The first incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday when troopers noticed the suspect, identified as Patrick Cahill, 61, of Warwick, driving down the wrong way on I-95 in Warwick.
In that incident, the suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and or Drugs- 1st Offense, and Reckless Driving and Other Offenses Against Public Safety.
The, just before 9 p.m. that same night, troopers again stopped Cahill on I-95, this time in East Greenwich. He was arrested for a second time in the same day and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and or Drugs- 2nd Offense and Operating on a Suspended License.
He was booked on those charges at the Wickford Barracks, then taken to the ACI in Cranston.
Cahill’s arrest was one of a dozen made by Rhode Island State Police Traffic Safety Unit in the past 48 hours.
“In the past three months, since the Traffic Safety Unit was formed, impaired driving arrests on Rhode Island roadways have increased 157%,” said State Police Colonel James Manni. “These statistics represent our commitment to protecting the safety of all Rhode Islanders from the menace of impaired drivers.”
To date, the traffic safety unit has arrested and charged 109 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.