Moonshine hits Warren man hard, leaves him face-down in Barrington

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A Memorial Day celebration for one Warren man ended with him lying face-down in the grass along the East Bay Bike Path in Barrington.

Police received a call at 6:47 p.m. on Monday, May 27, from someone who was concerned about a man lying face-down in the grass along the bike path near the intersection Washington and Short Roads. The caller told police the man looked like “he had too much to drink.”

Police arrived at the scene and located the individual, Michael D. Harris, 29, of Warren, lying on the ground. He shirtless, and was wearing a pair of American flag shorts. He had grass stains on his legs and shorts and an abrasion on his knee. Police said Mr. Harris also had a mark on his forehead, smelled strongly of alcohol, and was slurring his speech.

When officers questioned Mr. Harris about what had happened, he reportedly told them he had been drinking ... on Sunday, but had not indulged himself on Monday. He then refused to give his name to officers, and later shared a story about how he had been partying with some friends on a boat near Providence. He said one of his friends gave him four mason jars of moonshine — he said he drank two of the jars. He said he attempted to ride his bicycle back from Providence and was attacked by some kids in Riverside. Then, when he reached Barrington, he had an accident and crashed his bike, he said.

Police and fire personnel attempted to transport Mr. Harris to a hospital so he could be treated. He became confrontational, said officers, who had to place him in restraints.

Police later ran a check on Mr. Harris which revealed that he was wanted for a probation violation out of Swansea, Mass. Officers charged Mr. Harris with being a fugitive from justice and he was later transported to Swansea.

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