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.