- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island state senator is appealing his conviction this week of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1byCLql) that Stephen Alves has filed notice of appeal in court Tuesday.

Judge Elaine Bucci convicted Alves on Monday and sentenced him to a year of probation and 90-day loss of his driving license followed by a year of using a breath alcohol ignition interlock device.

His lawyer, former House Speaker William Murphy, had said prosecutors didn’t prove their case and he was considering appealing.

Alves was charged after his Mercedes Benz struck the back of a tractor trailer on Route 146 on Jan. 15. He also faces a charge of refusing to take a chemical breath test.

The West Warwick Democrat served eight terms in the legislature and is now a lobbyist.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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