A Warwick man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence twice within an 18-hour span on Valentine’s Day, according to Rhode Island State Police.
Patrick M. Cahill, 61, of 61 Suburban Parkway, was initially arrested after troopers stopped his vehicle as it traveled in the wrong direction on Interstate 95 north in Warwick shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 14. In addition to driving under the influence, he was charged with reckless driving.
Cahill appeared in Third Division District Court later that morning and entered a plea of no contest, according to State Police. Hours later, at approximately 8:43 p.m., he was again stopped on Interstate 95 in East Greenwich and arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, second offense. He was additionally charged with driving after denial, revocation or suspension of a driver’s license for certain violations.
Cahill was held as a probation violator over the weekend and was scheduled to again appear in court on Monday.
Cahill was one of 11 motorists across the state arrested by troopers on charges of driving under the influence between Feb. 13-15, according to State Police. In a press release, the agency said that the State Police Traffic Safety Unit has arrested 109 motorists on impaired driving charges since its creation in November 2019.
“In the past three months, since the Traffic Safety Unit was formed, impaired driving arrests on Rhode Island roadways have increased 157 percent,” State Police Superintendent Col. James Manni said. “These statistics represent our commitment to protecting the safety of all Rhode Islanders from the menace of impaired drivers.”