Woonsocket firefighter arrested for DWI

Woonsocket firefighter arrested for DWI

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A Woonsocket firefighter was still uniform when he hit a sign on Route 1 in South Kingstown, while under the influence of alcohol and texting on his phone, according to police.

Sean Newton, 23, of 80 Brookwood Road, Wakefield, was charged with drunk driving and cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test on Saturday, March 16, according to an article posted today on Narragansett Patch http://narragansett.patch.com/articles/texting-firefighter-charged-with-dwi .

Police reports detailed the arrest, which took place around 7:10 p.m. after officers received several 911 calls about a vehicle striking a guardrail. Newton reportedly then drove to New Life Assembly Church, where he parked the damaged vehicle. Officers reported that Newton was still wearing a Woonsocket fire department uniform when they approached the car.

According to the article on Narragansett Patch, "Police said that when asked about the accident, Newton told them he hadn’t called police because the damage wasn’t that bad, and that he had just hit a sign because he was texting." Newton reportedly also said that he was on his way to respond to a hazmat situation in Woonsocket.

Police said the firefighter smelled strongly of alcohol, although he refused to submit to a field sobriety test.

Newton's arraignment has been scheduled for March 28 at Fourth Division District Court in Wakefield.