WEST WARWICK— A local man who was arrested for driving under the influence in June was once again arrested on Jan. 17 on the same charge, adding to his long list of offenses.
According to Detective Sgt. Scott Amaral, spokesperson for the West Warwick Police Department, Paul Rocha, 51, of 40 Epworth Ave., West Warwick was arrested on Friday night.
Police received a call about a motorist who was possibly driving impaired.
After catching up to him, police noticed that Rocha was driving erratically on Cowesett Avenue in town.
Police stopped Rocha and conducted a field sobriety test, which he failed.
He was arrested for driving under the influence, habitual offender suspended license, refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test and driving with a suspended license.
According to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, Rocha has been convicted of operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license 24 times. He served a jail sentence for fourteen of the offenses, dating back to 1991.
He was released from prison in June of 2012 after serving two years for violating a habitual offender statue.
He had also received a previous jail sentence for driving under the influence and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
Rocha was arraigned on Jan. 21 in Kent County District Court and held without bail as a probation violator.