By John Clark
A Rhode Island resident was arrested for a DUI on Monday morning this week, which wouldn’t usually be a topic of national discussion. But the circumstances of the arrest have left many people wondering how this man was allowed to drive on Monday at all.
According to a report from the Boston Globe, Robert F. Levesque’s arrest was his third drunk driving incident in less than a week.
Sources say the 54-year-old man, a resident of West Warwick, stopped his car in the middle of a road this Monday at roughly 1:30 in the morning.
When police officers arrived on the scene, they discovered Levesque hunched over his steering wheel, in some state of consciousness that could fairly be described as a non-driving state of mind.
Sources note that the driver’s posture and actions led wary police officers to detect that he was “highly intoxicated at the time,” which is not the ideal description drivers want on their DUI police reports.
After removing Levesque and his vehicle from the middle of the road, police charged the man with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and failing to submit to a chemical test.
These charges, of course, came on the heels of two other arrests during the past week. Police officers learned of these past charges when they brought Levesque to the Wickford Barracks to process him.
Concerned citizens may take some comfort in the knowledge that a Rhode Island court had previously revoked Levesque’s license, but some critics believe that the state could have done more to keep the dangerous man off the road.
In addition, the state decided after the man’s third arrest to take further precaution. Sources say that Levesque is currently being held with bail because he violated the terms of a prior bail with his recent drunk driving stunt.
The saga of Levesque, however, reveals the difficult balancing act courts must perform when determining whether to grant bail for someone who appears determined to continue driving under the influence.
Suspending a driver’s license keeps most honest people off the roads, but there are plenty of DUI defendants who are perfectly content to drive without a valid license. In such a case, courts are more likely to keep a drunk driver behind bars.
One method many states use to prevent such incidents is to install ignition interlock systems in convicted drunk drivers’ cars. These devices allow dangerous drivers to maintain their freedom, but prevent them from driving if they are drunk.