2 men charged with DUI this week in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI) charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week. Featured below are reports from this past week’s arrests. 


Bellingham, Mass., man charged with DUI

Sean Patrick Cunningham, 27, of 115 North Main St., Apt. A306, Bellingham, Mass., was arrested on June 11 at 3:29 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police were dispatched on June 11 at 3:14 p.m. to an area near East Main Road and Turnpike Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle crash. The caller told police they witnessed a vehicle with Massachusetts’ license plates strike another vehicle and begin to leave the scene. Police later stopped the vehicle on Bristol Ferry Road.

According to police reports, the driver’s speech was mumbled. His eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot. Police also detected a strong odor of alcohol.

The driver, identified as Cunningham, told police he and his female passenger just left the beach in Newport. The driver also denied striking another vehicle, according to police reports. No injuries were reported in the crash. 

After failing a field sobriety test, Cunningham was transported to the police station, where he refused a chemical test. He was later released on $1,000 bail with surety. 


Rehoboth, Mass., man charged with DUI

Jonathan Graham O’Connell, 20, of 23 Plain St., Rehoboth, Mass., was arrested on June 10 at 7:14 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.

On June 10 at 6:56 a.m., police responded to Middle Road for a report of a broken down vehicle. Upon arrival, police discovered a vehicle on the side of the road. The vehicle had visible, disabling damage to the driver side, front fender and tire.

The driver, identified as O’Connell, was asleep at the wheel. An employee from Ray’s Towing was already on scene after receiving a AAA call. The Ray’s Towing employee told police he had attempted to wake the driver, but was unsuccessful. The officer knocked on the window and then shook the driver to wake him, according to police reports.

The driver’s eyes appeared blood shot and watery. Police also detected an odor of alcohol.

After failing a field sobriety test, O’Connell was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.174 on the first sample and 0.170 on the second sample. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08. 

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