Portsmouth Man Gets Third DUI Charge after Bouncers Alert Newport Cops

The arrest marks the third time he has been charged with DUI and the second offense in five years.

Newport Police charged Matthew David Farley, 34, of 169 Sea Meadow Drive, Portsmouth, with driving under the influence, second offense, and refusing a chemical test after a Thames Street bar’s staff member alerted police that he was reportedly “blackout drunk” and should be stopped.

Police said an officer on street watch at around 12:07 a.m. Wednesday got the tip from the door staff at O’Brien’s Pub, who flagged the officer down as he was driving by. The doorman pointed to a green truck that was seen pulling away southbound on Thames Street.

Police said they could immediately see the truck swerving and followed it as it sped up rapidly and drove through a stop sign.

Police said Farley was stopped a short time later and later failed a field sobriety test.

The arrest marks the third time Farley has been charged with DUI and the second offense in five years.

He was released later in the morning on Wednesday with a June 4 court date.

Jennifer June 04, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Good for the establishment for doing the right thing. I do not think that it should be reported that the bar is who turned him in. It could make a place, who makes their money serving booze, think twice about doing it if they think their name is going to be all over the report!!!
Chris Christensen June 05, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Doing the right thing SHOULD BE REPORTED...always. We hear enough about the wrong doers with names. Let us always praise those who do right. They will not loose customers. Never happen! Hey, the last thing you need is more drunks on the road killing people and getting like only 7 yrs for it.
islandgirl1 June 05, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Why is the establishment letting him drink himself into a stupor? Shouldn't they cut him off before he becomes so inebriated?


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