Coventry man with kid in car among 9 charged with DUI

*This story was updated from its original version after one of the suspects named in the state police news release as being charged with driving under the influence later pleaded nolo contendere to an amended charge.

SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police arrested ten people and charged them with driving under the influence over the weekend, including a 44-year-old man from Coventry who had a child in the car at the time of the arrest.

The highest your blood alcohol level should be when you get behind the wheel is .08, officials say. The State Police say they will continue to “aggressively enforce” motor vehicle laws, including driving while impaired and texting and seat belt violations, in the interest of everyone’s safety.

Daniel Souza, 24, Woonsocket, was charged with DUI second offense, with a BAC of .15 or greater, and was also charged with driving to endanger resulting in physical injury.

The following persons were charged with DUI first offense, with a BAC of .15 or greater:

Paul M. Berard, 44, Coventry
Had 9-year-old child in vehicle at time of arrest

Brandon Burns, 25, Attleboro, Mass.
Travis Moore, 43, Pawtucket

The following persons were charged with DUI first offense, with a BAC between .08 and .10:

Stanley Wilson, 46, Westerly
Melissa Cormier, 28, Marlborough, Mass.

The following persons were charged with DUI first offense, but with an unknown BAC:

Brett Zerba, 30, Cumberland
Charged pending blood results
Also charged with possession of controlled substance (Heroin), and driving while in possession of a controlled substance

Jose Perez, 27, Providence, and Eugenio Depina, 54, New Bedford, Mass., were also charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.

A ninth suspect originally charged with DUI later pleaded nolo contendere to an amended charge of reckless driving.

 

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