S. Kingstown Police probing lack of sobriety test for Rep. Watson

PROVIDENCE, RI – South Kingstown police say they're conducting an internal investigation into why State Representative Robert Watson wasn't given a sobriety test when he was charged with marijuana possession early Sunday morning. The police report on the incident says he appeared, quote, "highly intoxicated."

According to the South Kingstown police report, State Representative Robert Watson had a can of beer in his hand, slurred speech and stumbled when police interviewed him Sunday morning after a snow plow operator complained that an erratic driver had nearly hit him.

Police seized marijuana from Watson's car and charged him with possession. But they didn't test him for alcohol or charge him with impaired driving even though officers observed he appeared "highly intoxicated."

When asked if the East Greenwich republican was given a pass because of his position, South Kingstown Police Captain Jeffrey Allen responded, "I didn't know I was on trial today but absolutely not," says Allen." That's not the case. I don't even know the officer was familiar with who Mr. Watson was and that's just not how we operate."

But according to the police report, Watson told officers he was a lawmaker with the words: "Do you know who I am? I'm the E.G. rep."

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