‘Overtired’ Amazon worker, asleep behind the wheel, charged with DUI


An Amazon construction site worker was arrested after police found him asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle, stopped in the middle of a Johnston road.

Around 6 a.m., Dec. 16, Johnston Patrolman Patrick Gendreau responded to the area of 26 Putnam Ave. for the report of a driver asleep behind the wheel of their vehicle in the middle of the road.

According to the arrest report, Gendreau discovered a 2010 Toyota Highlander stopped in the middle of the road on the eastbound side. He engaged his emergency lights and sirens while approaching the vehicle “in and attempt to create space between the vehicle and traffic which had built up behind it.”

Gendreau looked inside the vehicle and found the driver asleep, with the car in drive and his foot on the brake. The doors were locked. Gendreau positioned his cruiser in front of the SUV “before again exiting and attempting to awaken the operator.

“As I continued to knock and the driver remained unconscious, Ptlm. Anderson as well as the Johnston Fire Department arrived on scene,” Gendreau wrote in the arrest report.

Police approached the passenger side window, and using a flashlight, broke the window of the motor vehicle and unlocked the door before opening it. The driver finally woke up.

“I advised the operator to put the motor vehicle in park (and) he complied, and then requested that he turn off the engine and provide an identification card,” Gendreau wrote.

Police identified the driver as Jason P. Roy, of 146 Victory Highway, Burrillville.

Police say they noticed an opened package of Samuel Adams Lager in the front passenger seat, with several beverages missing. Gendreau noted the “over powering smell of alcohol.”

Roy allegedly had “mumbled speech and bloodshot eyes.” Police asked him if he was drinking.

“Mr. Roy responded in stating that he had consumed several beers throughout the course of the night, although he advised me that he was not intoxicated but rather was over tired from working at Amazon,” Gendreau wrote.

Police asked Roy to submit to a series of standardized field sobriety tests and he consented. Following the tests, Gendreau placed Roy “under arrest for the suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs.”

He was handcuffed, read his rights and transported to the Johnston Police Headquarters. His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Roy consented to a chemical breath test. Police say the results showed a BAC of 0.167 on the first test, and 0.165 on the second. Roy was charged with DUI of Liquor or Drugs (first offense, 0.15 or greater), and received citations for Prohibit Park/Stop Roadway Side of Vehicle Stop/Park at Edge/Curb of Street and Operate Vehicle with Unsealed Alcoholic Beverage (first offense).


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