A Bristol man faces a second DUI charge after his vehicle was spotted first in Bristol and then in Barrington allegedly swerving all over Route 114 last Friday morning, Dec. 6, just before peak travel time.
Murray L. Hughes, of 318 Wood St., was stopped near Primrose Hill Road on Route 114 (Wampanoag Trail). His vehicle reportedly was first spotted driving erratically in Bristol with its lights off at around 6:15 am.
A Barrington woman driving behind Hughes’s vehicle on County Road also reported that the car was swerving all over the road, according to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.
A Barrington patrol officer on a routine traffic post used the description reported by Bristol police to spot the “brown 1978 Buick” Hughes was driving north on Route 114 at about 6:45 am. The vehicle reportedly was traveling 39 mph in a 45 mph zone.
The patrol officer pulled out behind Hughes and watched it use a turn-around near the Vitullo farmstand not far from the East Providence line to head back south on Route 114. During that change of direction, the vehicle allegedly struck a guardrail near Primrose Hill Road before swerving back onto the roadway.
Hughes’s vehicle was pulled over at that point by the patrol officer. The arrest report indicates that he fumbled to produce his driver’s license and car registration and that his speech was slurred. He also showed other signs of being intoxicated, according to the arrest report.
Hughes reportedly said that he was on several medications. He refused to take a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol level.
Hughes was arrested and taken to the Barrington police station. He was held until he was sober enough to be taken to Sixth District Court to face the charge, according to the arrest report.