EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three people are being arraigned on drunk driving charges Sunday after a minivan collided with a utility pole, setting off a chain of events that led to three DUI arrests.
Police say around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a van hit a utility pole on Warren Avenue, in front of Cellos in East Providence. Police say the pole, which contained a number of important transformers, was split completely in half. Police set up a roadblock so that utility crews could begin repairs.
About an hour later, police say, they arrested David Brewer, 48, of Collegeville, PA for DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police say a motorist called police after seeing Brewer driving around arguing with his passengers about how they were going to get around the roadblock, which they thought was a sobriety checkpoint. Police stopped Brewer's car on Amaral street and quickly determined that he was allegedly too drunk to drive.
As the repair work continued, police say they made another arrest around 2:34 a.m. when a police officer supervising the work saw a vehicle traveling very fast towards him. The driver, Bailey Hardy, 22, of North Smithfield, ended up striking the police cruiser, mounting the sidewalk, and hitting another utility pole at the intersection of Boyd and Warren Avenue. Police administered a breath test in which Hardy allegedly blew a .14, twice the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of marijuana.
After these two arrests, police say they made a third arrest around 3:20 a.m. when a vehicle came to an abrupt stop right in front of the repair detail. Police attempted to wave the vehicle onto a side street, but the driver ignored police and drove around the cruisers. After stopping that vehicle, police arrested Joseph Anthony, 31, of East Providence, for DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and operating with a suspended license.
Police say all three will be arraigned Sunday morning.