Federal Prosecutor Gerard Sullivan Agrees to Plea Deal in Traffic Court

The Providence Journal reports that federal prosecutor Gerard B. Sullivan agreed to a plea deal in which he admitted that he refused to submit to a chemical breath test when the Warwick police arrested him Thanksgiving morning under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and the attorney general’s office agreed to drop two other motor-vehicle violations he was charged with the night he was arrested: not abiding by a laned roadway and not using a turn signal.

As part of the plea agreement, Sullivan’s driver’s license will be suspended for seven months, from the time he surrendered it on Dec. 22. Magistrate Domenic A. DiSandro III had ordered Sullivan to turn over his license when he was in court Dec. 18.

Sullivan appeared at the Traffic Tribunal with his lawyer, Kevin J. Bristow, who told DiSandro that Sullivan is enrolled in an alcohol-treatment program. Because of that program, DiSandro did not order Sullivan to attend the safe-driving school that other motorists must enroll in when faced with a similar charge.

DiSandro also ordered Sullivan to perform 40 hours of public community service and to pay fines and fees totaling $1,135.

Sullivan was one of eight people charged by the Warwick police over Thanksgiving weekend with refusing to submit to a chemical breath test, a motor-vehicle violation. He was the only one of those eight who was not also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a criminal misdemeanor.

Sullivan was later charged with driving under the influence after The Journal and Warwick Police Chief Stephen M. McCartney reviewed the arrest reports for all eight drivers suspected of drunken driving Thanksgiving weekend. McCartney, who did not know Sullivan had been arrested until The Journal called him after the holiday weekend, has launched an internal review.

While this civil matter has closed, the criminal case against Sullivan is still pending.

Federal prosecutor Gerard B. Sullivan on Tuesday sought dismissal in District Court of a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sullivan, an assistant U.S. attorney, a day earlier had admitted in state traffic court that he failed to take a chemical breath test when arrested on Thanksgiving by the Warwick police.

Sullivan sat in the front row during Tuesday’s District Court appearance as a city prosecutor and Sullivan’s lawyer, Kevin J. Bristow, approached the bench three times to discuss the case in subdued whispers.

Shortly after noon, the first public comment about the case came from Judge Frank J. Cenerini, who said the case has been continued until Monday at the request of both sides.


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