An alert motorist tipped off Barrington police to an alleged drunk driver last week.
At about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, police received a call about a possible accident on Metropolitan Park Drive and later spoke with a motorist who reportedly witnessed a Chevy pickup truck strike a guardrail in that area.
The witness identified the vehicle in question, which was, by that time, parked near the intersection of Narragansett and Bay Spring Avenues.
Officers approached truck and its driver, William P. Pereira, 37, of 149 Narragansett Ave., Apt. 1R. Police said they could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Pereira, and see empty nip bottles of alcohol inside the truck. They also noticed some damage to the truck; an officer noted that a piece of guardrail had been wedged under the truck and one of the truck’s rear tires was flat.
Police began questioning Mr. Pereira, who was at times incomprehensible, stated the report. At one point, Mr. Pereira reportedly tried to shove an entire pack of cigarettes into his mouth.
Officers said Mr. Pereira was uncooperative and refused to take a field sobriety test.
Upon being arrested, Mr. Pereira allegedly grabbed an officer’s shirt and had to be subdued.
Police charged Mr. Pereira with driving under the influence of alcohol-first offense, simple assault or battery, resisting legal or illegal arrest, and refusing to submit to a chemical test.