Barrington police confront drunks on bike path

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Two intoxicated men caught the attention of Barrington police last week.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, police received a phone call from someone who spotted two men on the bike path; the caller told officers the men appeared to be quite drunk.

Officers confirmed that bit of information once they arrived on the scene — one of the two individuals was laying on the bike path near the intersection with County Road. One subject was a 56 year-old man from Pawtucket, while the other was a 55 year-old East Providence resident.

The East Providence man was reportedly uncooperative with officers and used vulgarity and curses when replying to requests to provide his ID.

Rescue personnel transported the men to an area hospital for detox.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said his officers did not arrest the men because Barrington does not have a law prohibiting public drunkenness.

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