A resident of RI was arrested four times in less then 48 hours and on each occasion was charged with drunk driving! The man was arrested and charged with drunk driving on Sunday and then three more times on Monday. Multiple car accidents on the same day are rare yet more common then you might think. This author is wondering if anyone has been in 4 car accidents on the same day or even 5 car wrecks in 24 hours?
4 drunk driving arrests in 48 hours, say it aint so!
Pathetically, the alleged drunk driver was released to his parents after the first two drunk driving arrests and to the hospital in the third one. After the fourth DUI arrest, they held him at the police station to be arraigned at Providence District Court.
Serious questions regarding police ineptitude
This raises serious questions as to why he was not held at the station until he sobered out and brought to court for an arraignment. Thankfully, this man did not kill an innocent motorist, passenger or pedestrian. He was clearly a threat to public safety.
“The police could hold the accused and bring him to Court for an arraignment in District Court in the morning. The police also could call a justice of the peace / Bail Commissioner who could arraign the accused at the police station and release the person. The bail commissioner could also set bail in order for the person to be released.” http://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=18218&title=Bail%20&%20Arraignment%20in%20Rhode%20Island
The first arrest after the first RI car wreck
The first arrest involved the man crashing his automobile into a SUV in Providence. Two children were injured in that Providence Rhode Island car accident. The alleged drunk driver was transported by the providence police to Rhode Island hospital in Providence for medical treatment for his injuries suffered in the providence Auto collision. The police reports and media reports indicate that he had to be restrained, acted belligerently, made threatening comments to a Providence cop and chucked a bottle of urine at hospital employees.
A child is injured in the first automobile accident
The Providence Journal reports “Lourenco’s travels began mid-morning Sunday in Providence, where his Dodge pickup crashed into a Pawtucket family’s SUV and injured two small children. A 4-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl riding in the SUV’s backseat were treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and released.”
It is unclear whether this family has retained a Providence personal injury Lawyer or a RI car accident attorney.
The 2nd arrest by the Cumberland police for DUI
The next day the same man was involved in another Rhode Island motor vehicle accident. This time the accident was in the man’s hometown of Cumberland. He had a .220 BAC well over the State of Rhode Island’s legal limit. He was arrested by the Cumberland police for drunk driving. He was again released to his parents.
The Projo reported that: “Lourenco was arrested at 7 a.m. after crashing a Chevy sedan into another car on Mendon Road; he submitted to a breathlyzer, which found his blood-alcohol content at .220. (The legal limit is .08). He was charged with drunk driving and released to his parents.” http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140916-cumberland-man-charged-with-drunk-driving-four-times-in-day-and-half.ece
It is unclear whether anyone was injured in this Cumberland auto accident and whether anyone has retained a Cumberland Personal Injury Lawyer.
A couple hours later a third arrest based on erratic and dangerous driving
Merely a couple of hours after he was released after the 2nd DUI arrest he was picked up by the Cumberland police after they witnessed him driving erratically. He was transported to a hospital and left in their care custody and control. Thankfully, this third drunk driving arrest did not involve a motor vehicle wreck
“He was arrested again at 11 a.m. when an officer saw him driving an old Plymouth Barracuda erratically on Tower Hill Road. Lourenco was taken to Landmark Hospital, submitted to a blood test and was released to the hospital’s custody.” http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140916-cumberland-man-charged-with-drunk-driving-four-times-in-day-and-half.ece
WTF? a 4th crash this time a Rhode Island truck collision
Somehow he was released by the hospital and got into a pick-up truck. He crashed that truck into a tree in a Rhode Island truck accident. He was then transported again to the hospital and transported to Court for an arraignment.
The providence Journal reports: “…Lourenco left the hospital and started driving his dump truck. At 5 p.m., he crashed it into a tree at Wrentham and Jencks roads…” http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140916-cumberland-man-charged-with-drunk-driving-four-times-in-day-and-half.ece
“…faces charges of reckless driving, refusing a breathalyzer, driving under the influence, and having no evidence of insurance, the station reports.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-lourenco-rhode-island-man-charged-with-drunk-driving-4-times-in-under-two-days/
Multiple car accidents on the same day
It is unknown whether any of the injured victims retained Rhode Island personal injury lawyers or RI car accident attorneys.
The cdc reports that: “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.2
Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.
- In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1″ http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Impaired_Driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html