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Middletown Police Log: 5 Arrested Over Weekend on Drugs and Drunk Driving Charges

The following information is based on Middletown Police Department arrest reports and do not indicate any convictions.

The reported the following arrests from the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 15 to early Monday, Oct. 17:

Felony Drug Possession

Cameron Michael Taylor, 20, of 25 Dexter St., Portsmouth, was arrested around 1:15 a.m. early Sunday morning on a felony charge of possessing a controlled drug substance and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

According to the arrest report, police stopped his car on West Main Road near Prescott Farm after clocking it at speeds of 51 to 60 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. During questioning the police officer detected the slight odor of marijuana. During a pat down, Taylor allegedly told the police officer he had drugs and marijuana in his pockets. Police allegedly recovered from his pockets a small silver container with Oxycodone white powder and three small bags of marijuana.

Marijuana Possession

Nicholas Joseph Bryda, 19, of 255 Southampton, Holyoke, MA, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. According to the arrest report, police stopped a car within the 100 Block of West Main Road after clocking it at 35 mph in a posted 25 mph zone and observing a prohibited window tint on all car windows.

During questioning, the police officer detected the odor of marijuana and observed the remnants of cigar tobacco and several single cigar wrappers inside the car. Due to the fact that marijuana often is smoked in hollowed out cigars, the police officer questioned the driver about the last time he had smoked marijuana and he allegedly responded that he had smoked that morning in his car. A search of the car allegedly turned up several smoked roach marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and a glass container in the trunk with marijuana in it.

Bryda, a passenger, allegedly claimed the marijuana was his. Bryda was arrested and the driver received warnings for speeding and for the window tints.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol

Mathew Joe Arruda, 30, of 88 Charlotte St., New Bedford, was arrested around 1:54 a.m. early Monday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the arrest report, Middletown police clocked the car he was driving at 60 mph in a posted 25 mph zone and stopped his car in the 600 Block of West Main Road.

During questioning, the police officer detected the odor of alcohol and observed bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was arrested after a field sobriety test was conducted at the scene. Chemical tests conducted at the police station allegedly registered blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .243 and .245. He also was cited for driving in excess of 11 mph over the speed limit.

DUI

Kenneth W. Caldwell, 26, of 780 Ellis Road, Jacksonville, FL, was arrested around 1:23 a.m. early Monday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the arrest report, a Middletown police officer observed Caldwell’s car driving on a flat tire and stopped the car within the 100 Block of West Main Road.

During questioning, the police officer detected the odor of alcohol and observed bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, as well as slow and deliberate movements as he attempted to find his license. He allgedly told the police officer that he had two glasses of wine while out to dinner in Warwick. He said he knew he had the flat tire but was only a short distance from the Holiday Inn Express where he was heading.

Caldwell was arrested after a field sobriety test was conducted at the scene. During a search of the car, police also allegedly recovered an empty bottle of beer under the car seat. Chemical tests conducted at the police station allegedly registered .187 and .201 BAC. Caldwell also was cited for driving an unsafe vehicle.

DUI

Michael J. Bove, 30, of 70 Carroll Ave., Apt. 209, Newport, was arrested around 9:50 p.m. Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the arrest report, a patrol officer stopped the car Bove was driving at the intersection of Miantonomi Avenue and Collins Terrace after observing the car allegedly speeding at 60 mph on West Main Road and passing a car on the right without using a turn signal.

During questioning, the police officer detected the odor of alcohol and observed bloodshot eyes. Bove allegedly told the police officer that he had two pints of beer several hours ago in Tiverton.

Bove was arrested after a field sobriety test was conducted at the scene. Later at the police station, Bove also was cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test to measure his BAC level, speeding and passing a car on the right side.

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