Pawtucket firefighter suspended after telling police, ‘I was doing cocaine’


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket firefighter has been suspended after admitting to police he was doing cocaine in the parking lot of a South Kingstown liquor store, according to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News.

South Kingstown police said they currently have a warrant out for the arrest of Michael Kilmartin. He is a relative of former Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. 

Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson said they immediately suspended Kilmartin, 32, who’s been a firefighter and EMT with the department since April 2017. 

“The City took immediate and appropriate action as soon as we found out and he was suspended immediately,” Sisson said in a statement. He did not say whether Kilmartin was suspended with or without pay. “Since this is a personnel matter, the City cannot comment on any ongoing situation.”

According to the report, officers were called to a South Kingstown liquor store on Jan. 5, where witnesses said Kilmartin had been sitting in his idling truck for several hours. Police said they arrived to find Kilmartin behind the wheel in his underwear with his pants down around his ankles. The report states Kilmartin told officers “his pants ‘just slide [sic] down’ on their own because of the ‘slippery material’ his boxers are made out of.”

The report said Kilmartin also told police he was “‘not doing ‘anything shady,’ and denied using drugs.”

Kilmartin then told police he had a marijuana pipe in his truck. When asked by the responding officer if he would consent to a search, the report says Kilmartin responded with, “‘I was told that you should always say no.'”

An employee of the liquor store showed police a cell phone video which appeared to show Kilmartin cutting up lines of cocaine with a gray credit card, according to the report. The officer searched Kilmartin’s vehicle and found white powder as well as small, clear, empty baggies and a glass pipe.

Police also reported finding cutouts from a political sign in the shape of the truck’s center console to create a hidden compartment. In addition to the drug paraphernalia, police seized a 4.5-inch fixed blade knife. 

When officers confronted Kilmartin about what they discovered, the report states Kilmartin told them, “Yea, I was doing cocaine. I only did that baggie you initially found. I bought from a guy in Warwick.”

Police said he told them he parked at the liquor store because he thought authorities would be at parks, schools and beaches, and he apologized to them.

The white powder and pipe tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl, according to the report. South Kingstown police currently have a warrant out for Kilmartin’s arrest for two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Eyewitness News attempted to contact Kilmartin but was unsuccessful. 

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