Liz Burke, WPRO News
Governor Chafee’s Director of Administration, Richard A. Licht, was reportedly pulled over by Massachusetts State Police last week on suspicion of drunk driving then released after he passed a breathalyzer test.
The Providence Journal reports that Licht was pulled over around 10:20 p.m. on January 9 in Westwood, MA where he and his wife apparently have a home.
According to the Journal, State Police say he was driving erratically, had slurred speech, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. They say he failed three out of four tests that compromise a field sobriety test.
Authorities say Licht took a breathalyzer test at police barracks which registered his blood alcohol level at .05. The legal limit is .08.
In a written statement, Licht says he had been using his cell phone while driving and was not paying full attention to the road. He says he admitted to the State Police officer that he had one drink with his dinner that evening.
“This was a case of distracted driving, nothing more and for that reason I was issued a written warning for marked lanes violation which I believe is appropriate. I am grateful for this wakeup call that I should pay better attention while driving,” says Licht.