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Two-Time DUI Suspect Skips Court Date; Warrant Issued

A man charged with two counts of DUI was a no-show at his court date Tuesday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Warwick man charged with two counts of driving under the influence after he failed to appear at his court date Tuesday morning.

Brian Fracassa, 44, of Warwick was arrested Sunday, Aug. 19 by Rhode Island State Police after he crashed is car on Route 10 in Cranston, according to WPRI. During his breath test, Fracassa allegedly blew a .222 – almost triple the legal limit.

Just a week prior, . Along with a DUI charge, Fracassa was hit with a possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) charge and multiple roadway violations.

In a statement, State Police said that Fracassa's second DUI arrest just seven days after the first "indicates a clear disregard for the safety of the motoring public."

Fracassa was to appear in Third District Court Tuesday morning for arraignment on charges from both the North Kingstown Police Department and State Police, but was a no-show. According to WPRI, Fracassa's defense lawyer told the judge that his client was now in rehab.

"I applaud your client's effort to clean himself up, but he can't pick and choose which court dates to keep and which ones to skip," said the judge before issuing a warrant for Fracassa's arrest.

Fracassa's second arrest came just days after State Police launched its new campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," targeting drunk drivers in the state. 

Govstench August 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM
I would ask the question how this guy was able to get released on the second charge? It appears that the legal system is breaking down and not defending the public safety. Who was the bail commissioner who released this guy?

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