A Rhode Island Assistant U.S. Attorney who was charged with refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test and driving under the influence had the second charged dismissed today, The Associated Press reports.
Warwick, R.I., city solicitor Robert Sgroi recommended the charge be dropped in part because because Sullivan last week admitted there was enough evidence to prove he refused the breathalyzer and because he has already lost his license. Earlier today, a Warwick, R.I., judge agreed to Sgroi’s request.
On Thanksgiving morning, Gerard B. Sullivan was stopped by police in Warwick, R.I., after two motorists contacted police about the driver of a BMW — identified as Sullivan — who they said was driving erratically. Sullivan was charged with failing to take a breathalyzer test, but he was not initially charged with driving under the influence. The police report said Sullivan informed the officers of his prosecutorial job numerous times, told the officers he knew the police chief and asked if there was “anything he could do.” He has had his driver’s license revoked for seven months, The AP reports.
In addition to an internal investigation being conducted in the police department, the Justice Department is also conducting an investigation into whether Sullivan attempted to use his position to avoid the DUI charge.