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Woonsocket Police Charge Man With DUI After Crash, Open Beer in Car

The following arrest information was provided by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

 

On Monday, May 20, at about 4:55 p.m., Woonsocket Police Officer Jason Berthelette responded to 16 Federal St. for a report of a car crash. 

Berthelette arrived and saw the gray 2006 Volvo driven by Glenn Teper, 55, of 62 Francis St., Woonsocket, in the middle of the road. Teper said he'd been driving on Federal Street when the car in front of him stopped and attempted to back into a parking spot, striking his car, according to the report.

Berthelette noted in his report that during the conversation, Teper displayed bloodshot eyes, flushed face and a strong odor of alcohol. The officer also observed an open beer can in the center console of Teper's car. When asked if he'd been drinking, Teper replied, "Yes, I had a few beers," according to the report.

During a series of sobriety tests, Teper failed the walk and turn and one-leg stand, failing to take the correct number of steps and making an improper turn on the first, then losing balance on the second.  He refused a preliminary breath test. At the station, he consented to a breathalyzer test, recording a .121 and .115.

Teper was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an expired license, operating a vehicle with an open alcoholic beverage container, and refusing to submit to a preliminary breath test.

Uncle Ben May 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Only in Woonsocket. Now the officer can have summer on Workmans comp .
Russell Archambault May 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM
In my opinion ,when driving with expired license, everything else doesn't count. the officer should have said , hey did you know your licence is expired,let me help you go to the registry and straighten this out, then buy him a coffee and something to eat,to sober him up.This should become the way woonsocket does things. My moto " hello woonsocket neighbor let me help you with whatever you need "
Liam Lucchesi May 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Yes Russ because then society would be better off. Let's give offenders negative reinforcement to replicate deviant behaviors until they cause a more serious accident and kill someone next time.
maggiemay May 22, 2013 at 01:50 PM
he was a former police officer he knows the law more than anyone people get killed from people not paying attention to the law russell how would you feel if this man killed someone you cherished my point!!!!!
KJ May 22, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Um Hey Everyone.... I understand the whole freedom of speech thing.... but this is TWO CHILDREN'S FATHER!!!! Please keep your negative comments, whatever they are to yourself... ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DEALING WITH ALCOHOLISM IS LIKE!!!! Stop being ignorant. Mr. Archambault, although I don't always agree with all your posts on this website, lol...... thank you for your kind words...they are appreciated... and Maggiemay...really???? you needed to put that out there??? I hope & pray you have no alcoholism in your family... I guess you must be perfect???!!! hmmmmmm......
English first May 22, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Wasn't there recently a bishop accused of drinking, driving and crashing? I dont think anything happened to him.
English first May 22, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Whoops, a Massachusetts bishop release after drunk driving in Rhode Island. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/07/massachusetts-bishop-pleads-not-guilty-to-rhode-island-dui-charge/
Debra May 22, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Excuses, excuses. When you get a phone call that he is in jail for killing someone, tell their family what alcoholism is all about, I bet they will be okay with it, since it's a legitimate excuse, right? (unbelievable).
Adam Teper May 22, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I will not hide this is my father... and whether he did anything wrong or not... HE JUST HAD HIS HIP REPLACED and can't walk or stand without serious aid when it comes to turning or walking... so if Officer Berthelette paid attention, he would have issued any of the other DUI tests, fully well knowing someone with a recent full hip replacement would not be able to balance on one leg or turn their hips and walk without assistance... secondly, if was not my father who caused the accident, just got in trouble for what laid beneath the actual issue allegedly. Did the other guy get in trouble? probably not... just like the guy I watched yesterday drive the wrong way down social street RIGHT BY THE WPD sitting in the hess parking lot. did they get stopped? nope. MaggieMay.,.. your family perfect? probably not by a long shot, but you seem to want to air his jobs, etc out to the public.. maybe someone should dig on you and air your laundry out.... everyone has family issues and if something happens, true or not, sometimes others need to learn not to judge and keep things to themselves. Maggie, Karma.
Adam Teper May 22, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Liam... do you know what negative reinforcement is? because i think you need to go look it up... I work with special needs kids so LET ME ENLIGHTEN your clearly lacking woonsocket idiocracy. Negative reinforcement is when something that is already present in a situation is removed or taken away as a result of a specific behavior (but in a favorable way for the person) like a child washing his hands and using a towel to dry them... the boy would realize if after washing his hands if he didn't want his hands to stay wet, then he uses the towel to dry them.. USING THE TOWEL would be the favorable behavior, the water (wetness on his hands) would be gone.. I.E., Negative reinforcement. we use it all the time at work.... which has NOTHING to do with any of this.... so please, if you are going to have other read comments you are making, educate yourself first.
English first May 22, 2013 at 03:19 PM
So he was not drinking and driving?
Frankie May 22, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Adam, whether the accident was his fault or not....HE WAS DRINKING AND GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR. That's all there is to it. This is a black and white issue. If you are drinking, you DON'T drive anywhere. Period. End of story. There is not excuse available to be blowing a .121 and driving.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) May 22, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Adam - Berthelette did note Mr. Teper's recent hip replacement surgery in his report, and his claim that it would not impair his ability to walk for short distances. In hindsight, I should have included this information. Berthelette also reported a lack of smooth pursuit in Mr. Teper's eyes during the vision test portion of the field sobriety test, according to his report. It is also worth noting that Mr. Teper's reported blood alcohol level, taken at 5:20 and 5:25 p.m., about 30 minutes after police responded to the scene, was above the legal limit.
Uncle Ben May 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM
just an Example how Woonsocket Poilce work, I was walking down Clinton Street and seen a Police car sitting in Subway parking lot looking for seatbelt violators and seen someone not wearing one and pulled the car over, when he realized it was someone he knew, he pulled along side of his car and chit chatted for 2 minutes and let the car go, not even a minute goes by and see's another violator it was a female and was giving a citation. Now with that said, if this person Arrested here was a " Friend or Relative we wouldn't be here commenting.
amy May 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
what do you do for a living where do you live whats your preference of getting home after a night out? you inconsiderate person. Get a life and find something else to complain about. How about saying something useful. Or maybe even focusing your attention on the victims of the tornadoes? Have you donated anything? probably not because your a miserable person that prides herself on other peoples problems. no one cares about your 2 cents Maggie may.
Samantha Turner (Editor) May 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Folks, Comments containing personal attacks will be deleted. Please keep discussion to the topic of the article. Thanks.
Adam Teper May 22, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Whether my father was in fact drinking or not... no one can come on here and act perfect or not... not even you frankie. Everyone at one point has had a drink at dinner or something and driven. People do it on a daily basis. But you wanna act perfect when ur not... And airing out personal info and attacks on my father will not be tolerated.. And rob, thanks for the clarification, however, berthelette still didnt follow protocols and should never have someone with hip surgery try to balance themself on one leg amd try to turn and walk without aid. That puts him at risk of further injury and makes him directly responsible for that injiry....and if he noted that in his report THEN he knowingly put my fathers physical health at risk. Officer berthelette is not a medical professional and has no qualifications to determine if walking short distances is safe or not. But thank you for bringing that to my attention. I also wanna say in disgust how this was front page material to boast my fathers personal info out there... funny how news like when wpd arrested a former lt governor for beating a teen on hamlet ave and let him go to avoid press never made the news.... but everyone here can diss my father for stuff they do normally anyway...
Steg May 22, 2013 at 06:29 PM
That comment that was left by Maggiemay revealing Mr. Teper's profession should be deleted. That has nothing to do with the topic, it's noone's business, and quite frankly, it's unprofessional to allow to stay posted.
Russell Archambault May 22, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I don't believe the bishop should surrender himself to state law. Especially if he is Irish.
Liam Lucchesi May 22, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Alright Adam, let's analyze this further. Negative reinforcement is a technique used in operant conditioning to increase the likelihood that behaviors will occur. Therefore, IE if the police give intoxicated drivers a pass, it increases the likelihood the behavior of driving while intoxicated will repeat itself. Let's just say hypothetically I was wrong about the phrase 'negative reinforcement' which I'm not, you're still taking away from the general message of my post... It's NOT ok to drive while intoxicated, and the police giving offenders a free pass doesn't only put the public in future danger, it puts officers at liability for not taking action when they're required to, especially in the event of an accident, no matter how minor the damage. I was going to point out the fact you were most likely related to the offender judging by the last name but it appears you already clarified that with your comments below. Another item I would like to discuss. Field sobriety tests are consensual. One is not obligated to perform the tests. Your father was asked if he would consent to the tests and he agreed. Whether he caused the accident was not the issue, he was still on a roadway where other people operate their vehicles and he was found through a breath test to be above the legal limit. Don't blaming the system for what Teper clearly did wrong. He might have a drinking problem but that is not a free pass..
Russell Archambault May 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Adam, keep your head high through all of this. Don't fall prey to patch.Russ
Liam Lucchesi May 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I'll second Russ's comment. My comments are not intended to be a personal attack of you or your family, Adam. DUI driving is an issue I am deeply against. I don't think everyone that is an offender is a bad person, but it is a public safety issue that does need to be addressed and offenders need to be held responsible. I would maintain this view even if someone in my immediate family was in this situation, and have been in this situation with immediate family before. Best of luck.
Steg May 22, 2013 at 07:15 PM
If there's going to be an open forum then there needs to be moderation. Mr. Teper was not arrested on the job. Therefore it is nobody's business of what his profession is. If Mr Teper happened to be a Burger King cashier, I'm sure it wouldnt have been mentioned. Woonsocket Patch let's try to pursue some responsible journalism and delete that post already?
Adam Teper May 22, 2013 at 07:17 PM
first off whether I am related to him or not, is not the point. nor is you saying he is on the roadway.. not the point. everyone who drives home from the bowling alley on a nightly basis has been drinking or any other bar in any city for that matter... or family homes on holidays... if that was the case, everyone would be in prison with criminal records... my point being you throwing out stupidity. and what you are talking about, in psychology is called "PUNISHMENT"..... you seem to understand punishment but not what NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT is... punishing a bad behavior (which should be done by law) is not negative reinforcement. its punishment. in the psychology world there is a clear difference, which is what I am pointing out to you. and punishment, no offense, doesn't always work. people need rehabilitation. they need help and aid. 50% of criminals thrown in jail do not get help. they get punishment and once they are back on the street, do the same behavior again because punishment does not teach anyone right from wrong. it doesn't teach anyone. its a method of suffering. not teaching. and I would stand by this even if he wasn't my father.... and what you were gonna point out that I am related to do what? try to claim just because I am his son means I don't know what I am talking about? clue you in sir, I am part of the small percentage of Woonsocket Residents who is educated and strive to do great things and bring a positive light to this city
Russell Archambault May 22, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Most burger king cashiers don't have a car anyway. At 7.50 per hour, how could they.It takes a week of pay just to buy a pair of shoes.
Liam Lucchesi May 22, 2013 at 09:08 PM
You're still bickering over miniscule details and what-ifs. A psychological discussion over one phrase I used isn't the issue. The issue is Glenn Teper was involved in an accident, the police were called to the scene, and they confirmed he was driving while intoxicated. Second, this is a DUI offense. No one is getting thrown in jail. Teper was arrested and put in a cell until he was probably bailed out a few hours later and told to re-appear in court at a future date. From what I can tell on courtconnect.courts.ri.gov/‎ which is public arrest record, Teper has never been charged with DUI in RI unless it was expunged in the past. If he's found guilty of his charges, his license will be suspended for a certain period of time, he'll have mandatory court costs, and will be required to participate in a substance abuse program. Judging from court connect, your father isn't a life long criminal. It sounds like he has a problem with alcohol and the legal system will steer him in the right direction and put him in substance abuse classes. He's part of the small percentage in Woonsocket that will learn from his mistakes. He was a .121, it's that simple, cut and dry. It's 1.5 times the legal limit. The federal government is lowering the limit to .05 and those with commercial licenses aren't allowed to be above a .03, even when they're not working. .08 is too high and Teper was a .121 Diverting the blame to everyone else doesn't excuse Teper from his wrongdoing
Frankie May 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Adam, I don't drink....never have, most likely never will. So I can say with a VERY clear conscience that I have NEVER gotten behind a wheel after having drinks. You can try to justify your father's actions all you want, but know this. He was arrested. He gave a breathalizer. He was legally drunk. He was driving that way. He had open beer in his car. Done.
Jane O. May 23, 2013 at 01:13 PM
out of control. move on.
Shaniqua June 10, 2013 at 05:45 AM
How is it he can be charged with refusing to submit to a PBT when they are inadmissable at court. What is really messed up is that the officer charged him with it and the subject submitted to a chemical test at the station which is admissable.. Just more bullshit charges so the cops can ruin our lives. Considering they break the law all the time but got the get out of jail badge.

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