Ruggerio loses driver's license for six months

PROVIDENCE, RI – Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed says the chamber's majority leader, Dominick Ruggerio, has accepted responsibility for his actions in connection with a drunken-driving arrest last week.

Ruggerio's driver's license was suspended for six months Tuesday after he acknowledged refusing to take a breathalyzer test. He was also fined $200, and ordered to attend DWI school and to perform 10 hours of community service.

In a statement, Paiva Weed says, "No one is above the law." She says elected officials should be respectful of people in law enforcement.

Another lawmaker who was with Ruggerio during his arrest, Senator Frank Ciccone, is accused of having threatened Barrington police. Paiva Weed says Ciccone has expressed regret for his actions while also questioning some of the details described by police.

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