Foxon Road Sobriety Checkpoint Nabs Rhode Island Lawmaker

Rhode Island's House minority leader Robert Watson was arrested for alcohol and drug charges Friday night.

East Haven police netted a high-ranking Rhode Island lawmaker at a sobriety checkpoint Friday night. 

When stopped at the Foxon Road checkpoint at about 9:30 p.m., Rhode Island’s House minority leader Robert Watson was slurring his words, smelled of marijuana and had the “distinct odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from his breath,” according to a police report.

Before failing several field sobriety tests, Watson reportedly told East Haven officer Vincent Ferrara “that he was an attorney and that he does these tests with his friends while out at bars.”

After Ferrara arrested Watson and charged him with driving under the influence, a pat down revealed a small, plastic bag of pot and a wooden pipe in Watson’s pocket, leading to additional charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

A breathalyzer test taken at East Haven Police Department reportedly revealed Watson’s blood alcohol content to be 0.05 percent, 0.03 percent less than the legal limit of 0.08.

Watson was released on $500 bond and is due in court on March 5.

Back in February, Watson reportedly refused to apologize for a comment he made to a Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce audience: “I suppose if you’re a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think that we’re onto some good ideas here.”

John Jay April 27, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Regardless of whether Marijuana should be legal, it is not. Nice nab EHPD
Einstien April 27, 2011 at 05:22 AM
This hypocrite weasel, like all hypocrite weasels, is going to blame everyone but himself for his situation, and do what ever weasly weasling is needed to hypocrite weasel his way out like all hyocrite weasels. Just a reminder that these posts last forever and if you make a public comment about somebody "probably sleeping with boys" it could come back to haunt you.
Einstien April 27, 2011 at 05:32 AM
I think you and Robert White is the hipocrits hear to jjuudge people wrong becasue they a,ke a few spelleng errors. I myself is a collich english perfresser and i observe that "Iwonder if i did it right?" is a deklarative sentince and DEFINITELY don't take a ? it take a . instead. Is you 2 the same kinds of sissy little grammer po lice that don't never respond to the substance cause you is all so fekin stupit. Remember only use a ? when the sentince be a question other wise use a pereod, or risk looking stewpit. Also, stupit, is not "Very well said" a fraize instead of a sentince! so why give it a pereid. jeez?
Einstien April 27, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Hey, Eliz Do the phrase "rush to judgement" ring a bell with you?
Biagio Mazzucco III April 27, 2011 at 06:52 PM
FYI: Hartford Courant had a follow-up today http://www.courant.com/community/east-haven/hc-ri-lawmaker-marijuana-east-haven-20110427,0,7316832.story


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