High Speed DUI in Rhode Island: Going 120 MPH With Kids In Car
A drunk driver in Richmond, Rhode Island was arrested on September 30, 2012 for DUI while driving at a dangerously high speed with his 3 small children in the car with him. Derek Greene, 25, was caught by police driving 120 mph on Interstate 95 and suspected he might be under the influence of alcohol when they detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. Police also noticed that Greene displayed other symptoms of alcohol intoxication such as slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, although, Greene refused to submit a breathalyzer test.
When police arrested Greene, they handed over custody of his 3 children, ages 2, 3 and 4, to their grandmother. Police have also initiated an investigation through Child Protective Services due to Greene’s lack of concern for his children’s safety. Greene has also been charged with failing to take due care as a driver, speeding, driving conditions requiring reduced speed and refusing to submit a chemical test. Superintendent of the state police and commissioner of public safety Col. Steven O’Donnell issued a statement saying, “This is another example of behavior that, if not prevented, could turn into another horrific tragedy. I commend our troopers for being vigilant to this never ending issue“.