RI’s DUI Issue – GoLocalProv

On Saturday, March 30, 2024, Rhode Island State Police reported ten arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) over the past couple of days. Among them, one occurred early Saturday when two vehicles collided on South County Trail in Exeter. Based on police findings, a Chevy Equinox headed north, in an attempt to turn left onto Pine View Lane, was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by 33-year-old Ryan Iovino from Charlestown, Rhode Island. Witnesses at the scene claimed Iovino was driving recklessly at an excessive speed before the crash. The police report mentioned that Iovino clearly seemed drunk and was subsequently charged with two DUI-related offenses. As a consequence of the accident, the front passenger of the Equinox was severely injured and transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Another incident involved an accident on Thursday night which resulted in a shutdown on I-95. A white SUV was seen driving in the wrong direction and caused a three-car crash. The SUV driver, identified as 39-year-old Matthew E. Fisher from Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the occupants of the vehicle hit head-on were transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Fisher was charged with DUI and reckless driving, among others.

Further, Malcolm Butler, a former New England Patriot, was also reported to be among those arrested for DUI by the North Providence Police Department. Butler, who has been represented by former Rhode Island House Speaker John Harwood, pled not guilty on Thursday after his arraignment on March 28. His offense took place on March 16, 2024, as per court documents. There were eight other DUI arrests reported by the State Police.

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