Officer Andrew Girard was posted near Court Street Oct. 26 at 2 a.m. when he saw a blue Honda van traveling from Main Street toward Front Street without its headlights on.
Girard followed the van, observing it cross the road's center line, and pulled the driver over at 100 Front St. Girard spoke with the driver, Marc Raymond, 40, of 491 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, who told him he'd just come from Pot Bellies, a Millville bar, according to Girard's report.
Girard reported Raymond's speech was slow and deliberate, and he appeared confused about why he'd been stopped. When asked if he'd had anything to drink, Raymond said, "Yes, I've had more than should be prescribed," according to Girard's report. When Girard asked if he felt he could safely operate his car, Raymond reportedly laughed.
As that was not a confidence-building response, Girard asked Raymond to perform a series of sobriety tests, which he failed, displaying a lack of smooth pursuit in his eyes, an inability and ultimate refusal to perform the walk and turn, and use of both feet during the one-leg stand.
Girard arrested Raymond, who refused to take a chemical test. Raymond was charged with DUI, blood alcohol content unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemcial test. He was also given citations for operating without lights and operating left of center.