MPD: Man Charged with DUI Driving Home From Hospital

The following arrests were reported by the Middletown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


Joseph Fitzgerald, 42, of 33 Bluff Ave., Tiverton was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 19, around 2:50 a.m. on charges of driving under the influence. Police said he was pulled over because he was swerving across the road.    He reportedly said he was coming from Newport Hospital.  Police confirmed he had been treated with narcotics and was advised not to drive.  He was also cited with a laned roadway violation and refusal to submit to chemical tests.

Tammy Polley of 215 Rogers Lane, 33, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 19 around 1:45 a.m., on a driving under the influence .15 or greater charge. Police said she was pulled over because she swerved across the road. She reportedly complained to police that she is constantly being pulled over for no reason.  

When asked if she had been drinking, Polley said she had two drinks, said police.  She failed the sobriety tests and was arrested. At the station, she registered a blood alcohol content of .173.  

Bruce Moniz of 4 Sunset Hill Rd. was arrested on Friday, Jan. 18, around 9:05 p.m. after got into a fight with his 18-year-old brother.  Moniz was charged with domestic simple assault. 

Just Saying January 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
So this poor guy is provided narcotics at the hospital and then told not to drive, Did they ever think that he was not in the right state of mind when they were providing him his release instructions. If he was that messed up while driving what condition was he in while leaving the hospital. Maybe the security department that is directly outside the ER should make sure that patients that have been provided narcotics should have suitable transportation after treatment and not left to fend for themselves. If they are in no position to drive someone should have recognized this. My husband was treated at NH once by a great staff and was provided heavy narcotics, NO WAY was he able to drive and was in a complete fog. So maybe this should be considered.
townie January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Lets get real- The problem in this society is stated clearly above. You are given a medication- it clearly states on your discharge paperwork or the bottle of medications you pick up from the pharmacy that you should not drink alcohol, drive or operate heavy machinery. Why then should it be the hospital or pharmacy or physicians responsibility to ensure you take personal responsibility for your own actions. If you want the hospital to babysit you out in the parking lot too, then pay the bill for the babysitting when you receive it in the mail Its amazing how someone else is to blame for poor personal decisions.
Dryheave January 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM
STOP!...enough with the excuses!, the dude was pie-eyed and got nailed.... END OF STORY
Just Saying January 28, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Not passing blame just cant figure out how this guy was so messed up and NO one noticed. And not an excuse just want to know how this could happen. SO lighten up. If you are providing a medication that clearly created an issue with this guy it should have been recognized. Medication effects people differently, that is all I am saying.
townie January 28, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Well then... you need to work to reform the attorneys from coming after the doctors, nurses and hospitals who provide care for these persons who go out and do bad things after being told to not do so. As of now, he could have killed someone and the person who prescribed the meds could have a multi-million dollar judgment against them and it isn't covered by any malpractice since the er discharge and medication clearly states don't take and drive etc. So, just saying- you lighten up and concentrate on placing blame on those who should bear responsibility- the person who got in the car and drove. Does every bartender get sued when there is a DUI? Do they take their house, investments, kids college funds, bank savings? No-- but the nurses and pa or doctor who treated this guy could be (and there are cases where they have) been sued and lose. Personal RESPONSIBILITY- Take some- its free.


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