Ruggerio admits to refusing chemical breath test

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Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio on Tuesday admitted to refusing a chemical breath test and had his license suspended for six months.

Ruggerio entered the plea at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

The 63-year-old was arrested on March 28 and charged with drunken driving and refusal to submit to a chemical breath test when he was stopped in Barrington.

Under an agreement, Ruggerio must perform 10 hours of community, and pay $935 in fines and court costs.

The drunken driving charge will be dismissed Wednesday in district court.

“One pleads to one, we dismiss the other,” said Barrington Town Solicitor Louis Pulner.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed offered her support saying in a statement that she’s pleased Ruggerio accepted responsibility for his actions.

“No one is above the law and everyone – including elected officials – should be respectful of individuals in the law enforcement community, particularly when they are doing their jobs,” Paiva Weed said.

Ruggerio would not comment leaving the Traffic Tribunal. He has said previously he accepts “full responsibility” for his actions.

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