Police: Watson not legally drunk at Conn. traffic stop

Rhode Island state Rep. Robert Watson was not legally drunk when he was stopped in Connecticut in April, East Haven police said Thursday.

Police said a urine test showed Watson’s blood alcohol level at the time was 0.07 percent, under Connecticut’s 0.08 legal limit for driving.

Watson, R-East Greenwich, lost his minority leader position less than two weeks after being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana when he was stopped at an East Haven police DUI checkpoint on April 22.

He was given a chemical breath test when he was stopped that measured Watson at 0.05 percent.

Police said they are still awaiting tests that will determine whether there were traces of marijuana in Watson’s system.

Under Connecticut state law, Watson could still be found to be driving under the influence if he tests positive for marijuana.

Watson has said he uses marijuana to treat recurring pain from pancreatitis, and inflammation of the pancreas which put him in a coma at one point last fall. He insisted that he didn’t smoke any on the day of his arrest.