NEWS: Wrong-way, drunk drivers arrested on snowy roadways

By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News

A 24-hour driving ban had a lot of people itching to get back on the roads, and up to two feet of snow and dangerous driving conditions didn't stop motorists from hitting the streets.

According to Rhode Island State Police, there were even a couple of incidents involving drunk drivers once the peak of the blizzard was over.

According to a press release from the State Police, troopers in Warwick stopped a wrong-way driver at 1:40 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle was on the ramp from Route 95 North to East Avenue. Troopers saw the car traveling westbound in the eastbound lane. 

The driver,  44 year-old Isidro Cruz-Guzman of West Warwick was arrested and charged with a DUI. His blood alcohol level was .161; the legal limit is .08. Cruz-Guzman was held overnight.

Another driver was charged with a DUI at 11:10 p.m. Saturday on Route 101 in Scituate. Devon Paquin, 22 of Foster was reported to have a blood alcohol level of more than .100.

Police said the combination of Paquin's impairment and the wintry conditions caused him to barely miss colliding head-on with troopers on patrol.  

Police remind motorists that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 911 or *77 on their cellphone.