Burrillville town councilor arrested for alleged DUI, failure to stop after hitting vehicle

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BURRILLVILLE – A member of the Burrillville Town Council is facing charges of failure to stop, reckless driving and driving under the influence following an incident in town on Thursday, May 11.

Raymond Trinque, 64, of Burrillville, was arrested by the Burrillville Police Department, and pled not guilty to the charges before District Court Judge J. Patrick O’Neill. Trinque is facing one count of DUI .1 to .15, first offense; one count of failure to stop for an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle; and one count of reckless driving, first offense, as well as a violation for, “manner of turning at an intersection,” with the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

Trinque, a three term member of the council, is the commander of American Legion Berard-Dejarlais Post 88, and also serves as a commissioner for the Pascoag Fire District. He served on the Burrillville School Committee for nearly two decades and has been an active member of several other volunteer groups.

Col. Stephen Lynch released details regarding the incident on Friday, May 12, noting that police responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident in the area of Centennial and Grove Streets around 12:17 a.m. Thursday.

“Upon arrival, officers met with a female party, who stated that her vehicle had been struck by a red colored Pontiac operated by a male party, whom she believed was intoxicated,” the release noted. “The female advised that she had attempted to stop the male party from fleeing the scene, but was unable to do so. She was able to provide officers with a license plate for the vehicle involved in striking her car and fleeing from this location.”

Officers went to the residence of the registered owner, Trinque, and reportedly found him outside of his residence, noting he, “exhibited multiple signs of intoxication through Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.”

Trinque was taken into custody and returned to Burrillville Police Headquarters. 

A copy of the arrest report, released on May 15, details the victim’s experience.

According to the report, a 37-year-old woman from Pascoag, told police she was driving home when the red Pontiac struck her driver’s side door. She told officers she chased the car and attempted to block it from again leaving the scene by placing her car in front of it on Union Avenue, but it drove off once again as she was calling police.

The victim said she had neck and back pain from the accident.

Trinque was released on $3,000 personal recognizance and is due back in 6th Division Court for a pre-trial conference on Tuesday, May 30, according to the state criminal database.

Editor’s note: An original version of this article misstated the date of the incident as Tuesday. We apologize for the error.

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