RI lawmaker enters rehab after 2nd marijuana bust

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island state Rep. Robert Watson has checked in to in-patient rehabilitation following his second arrest on marijuana possession charges.

Watson, the former House Republican leader, was arrested early Sunday morning in South Kingstown. State GOP Chairman Mark Zaccaria says Watson's decision to enter a residential rehab program shows he is taking steps to address his problem.

Police say a snow plow operator reported Watson was driving erratically on a flat tire late Saturday night. Police say they found a pipe used to smoke marijuana and suspected marijuana.

Watson is awaiting trial in a 2011 incident in East Haven, Conn., where he was charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. He has pleaded not guilty.

Calls to Watson's attorney were not returned Monday.