LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A former West Warwick state senator arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving faced a judge Tuesday.
Steven Alves is accused of driving under the influence, when he drove into a tractor trailer on Route 146 north last Thursday. A third vehicle also crashed trying to avoid the collision.
Police say Alves failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test. According to police, Alves told troopers at the crash scene that he had a few drinks but did not go overboard.
Alves, 56, is a former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and is now a State House lobbyist. The West Warwick Democrat lost his seat in 2008.
Alves pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
He is also due back in court again on Wednesday, to be arraigned on a charge of refusing to submit to a chemical test.