Central Falls Police Department Cracks Down on Impaired Drivers

CENTRAL FALLS – During a 48 hour span between Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17, members of the Central Falls Police Department arrested three individuals for impaired driving charges.

As a result of a partnership and grant funding from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety, the Central Falls Police Department has been able to staff additional officers to crack down on impaired driving during the summer months. Those arrested between Friday and Sunday evening includes:

Joel Abrego, 34, of Central Falls, charged with DUI 1st offense and Refusal to Submit to a chemical test.

Jorge Reyes-Pacheco, 32, of Rehoboth, charged with DUI 1st offense and Refusal to Submit to a chemical test.

Jose Gomez, 25, of Central Falls, charged with DUI 1st offense, driving without a license 1st Offense and Refusal to Submit to a chemical test.

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States (nhtsa.gov, 2015). “One life lost is too many”, says Colonel James J. Mendonca, “as such motorists can expect to see an increased police presence on Central Falls roads throughout the summer months. We ask that if you are going to drink, do so responsibly and please designate a driver”