Hit-And-Run Suspect Also Gets DUI Charges

Johnston Police reported that Daniel Booth, of Country View Drive, recorded a .214 blood-alcohol level in a Breathlyzer test following an accident early Sunday morning.


A Johnston man faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, and DUI leading to serious injury, following his arrest by on July 15.

Daniel Booth, 36, of 23 Country View Drive, told officers that he didn't remember being involved in the hit-and-run accident that injured Raymond Lawson, 41, of Cranston, according to police reports.

Ptlm. Adam Catamero wrote that he responded to the Hess gas station at 1789 Plainfield Pike at 12:08 am Sunday morning, where he found Lawson's motorcycle in the street and Lawson being treated by and Rescue personnel for a head injury and "possible internal injuries."

Lawson told officers that his motorcycle had been hit by a tan Honda, and that his arm had gone through one of the car's windows, Catamero reported.

According to Catamero's report, Lawson said he was traveling west on Plainfield Pike when the Honda "made an abrupt U-turn in front of him."

Lawson also stated to Catamero that he tried to avoid a collision with the Honda, but could not.

Before rescue personnel transported him to Rhode Island Hospital, Lawson said that he saw the driver of the Honda go into the Hess station after the collision and leave a short time later, heading west on Plainfield Pike.

A witness at the scene gave officers the registration number of the Honda, and told Ptlm. Thomas Hayden that he had followed the Honda to Booth's address before returning to the crash scene to speak with police.

Catamero reported that he and Sgt. Dennis Peacock then went to Booth's home and saw the Honda with "moderate damage to the passenger's side door area including a broken front passenger's side window."

When Booth opened the door to the home and saw the officers, Catamero reported, he "immediately threw his hands up in the air."

Catamero wrote that he told Booth "to lower his hands" and asked him about the accident.

Booth "had watery, bloodshot eyes and spoke with slurred [speech]," Catamero reported, and said he "did not recall bring involved in an accident with the motorcycle."

Catamero also reported that Booth stated he had been in Warwick at a friend's house where he had drunk "about four beers," and had returned to his home at about 9 pm Saturday night.

"He could not recall what he did between" that time and 12:05 am, the approximate time of the collision, Catamero wrote.

Officers brought Booth to Johnston Police headquarters and administered Breathalyzer tests. Catamero wrote that he recorded Booth's blood-alcohol levels to be .214 at 1:15 am and .216 at 1:21.

Officers presented Booth for arraignment before Justice of the Peace Daniel Connors at 12:15 pm. Conners released Booth on $10,000 personal recognizance with summonses to appear in Third District Court, Warwick, yesterday for a bail hearing, and in Providence Superior Court on Sept. 17.

Peter A. Filippi III July 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If our town had a 25 cents surtax on all alcoholic beverages in which that money would go into a special fund it would enable residents, over the legal limit, to get home safely from any local establishment with their car in tow for under $10.00. Our roads would be safer, residents, who have it difficult keeping under the legal limit, would patronize local establishments which would increase revenues and would be a first of its kind dealing with this issue. These are just a few thinking out of the box ideas that wee need to consider. Unfortunately the Democratic machine in town is only thinking about protecting the unions and ways to increase taxes, Republican Mayoral Candidate Peter A. Filipii III
Rhodeworrier July 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The Mayoral candidate wants to Tax people who can buy and consume alcohol in a responsible manner and set up a Fund for those who can`t? Looks like Mr. Filipi is Batting Lefty this week.


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