Officer who arrested Ruggerio is Barrington’s top cop on DUIsApril 4th, 2012 at 6:00 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
By Tim White
BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The police officer who pulled over and arrested Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio for drunk driving has one of the highest arrest and conviction rates for DUI cases at the Barrington Police Department.
Patrolman Walter Larson is credited with 16 of the 50 DUI arrests made in Barrington last year, according to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. All of the arrests came during his first year on the job as a police officer.
As a result, Larson was recommended for several awards including the National Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award for “Outstanding Drunk Driving Enforcement,” LaCross said.
Larson was thrust into the political spotlight last week after another driver called 911 to report a car swerving on Wampanoag Trail just after midnight. Police say Ruggerio, D-Providence, was behind the wheel and drunk when they pulled him over. His license was suspended by the Traffic Tribunal on Tuesday.