Rhode Island labor leader arrested, charged with DUI

State Police say Johnston man was speeding on Route 6


At 12:07 a.m., Sunday, July 17, Rhode Island State Troopers arrested Michael F. Sabitoni, 55, of 22 Peppermint Lane, Johnston, for Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs (first offense, BAC unknown) and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, according to Rhode Island State Police.

The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Route 6, in the town of Johnston.

Sabitoni is a prominent labor leader in the state. He was vocal in his support for the Amazon warehouse project in Johnston (and the hiring of union labor to construct the mega-facility).

Michael F. Sabitoni, serves as President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council (RIBCTC). Sabitoni has volunteered with numerous town projects and organizations.

Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena had words of support Tuesday for Sabitoni following his arrest.

“Obviously it was a mistake,” Polisena said. “Mike is a great guy. He’s done a lot for the town of Johnston, and youth sports.”

Sabitoni was allegedly driving 81 mph in a 55 mph zone when he was stopped by State Police, according to published R.I. Traffic Tribunal Records.

Sabitoni was transported to Rhode Island State Police Headquarters where he was processed, arraigned by a Justice of the Peace, and released into the custody of a responsible adult, according to RISP spokesperson Maj. Laurie Ludovici.


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