A Forestdale man is facing his second drunk driving charge after Sandwich police stopped him as he drove his car along Route 130 on Tuesday, October 6.
A 911 caller contacted police at 6:31 PM to report seeing an erratic driver pull off the Mid-Cape Highway at Exit 2. Police caught up to the car on Route 130 and followed it to Russo’s Cape Cod Bark & Landscape before stopping it near Dogwood Drive.
The driver was identified as Robert J. Curtis, 55, of Forestdale.
Police said that when Sergeant Lauren Gilrein asked Mr. Curtis to exit the vehicle, he asked if it was so she could handcuff him. He also stated that he had consumed two alcoholic beverages with dinner, police said.
According to the police report, Mr. Curtis was unsteady on his feet and said the responding officers were just going to beat him up and shoot him.
When officers attempted to administer a series of field sobriety tests, he invoked the 5th Amendment, the right to remain silent.
Police said Mr. Curtis smelled strongly of alcohol and, even without the tests, determined he was under the influence of alcohol.
Mr. Curtis was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.