Portsmouth man charged with DUI after head-on crash

Portsmouth Police have arrested a local man and charged him with DUI after a head-on crash late Friday evening with a Middletown police officer.

Friday night just before 11pm, officers were called to the area of East Main Road and Sea Meadow Drive for a report of head-on crash between two vehicles.

Investigators found that a red Ford Explorer, driven by Celio da Silva Aleixo, 39, of Portsmouth, was traveling northbound on East Main Road when he crossed the double-yellow line and struck a Toyota pickup truck head-on.

The police officer driving the pick-up truck suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital 

Portsmouth Police said Aleixo showed noticeable alcohol impairment on the scene and was arrested and charged with DUI resulting in serious bodily injury and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

He was arraigned Saturday morning at Portsmouth Police Headquarters and was released on $5,000 surety bail. He is expected back in court next week.

The crash remains under investigation by the Portsmouth Police Detective Division and the Portsmouth Police Accident Reconstruction Unit.




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