Police: Man Shouted Racial Slurs During DUI Arrest

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)- A Middletown Officer Arrested a man for allegedly driving under the influence, and during the arrest police say the man was shouting at the officer, accusing him of being racist.

Police say 29-year-old Joel Rivera of Portland was pulled over around 2:30PM on May 29, because he was speeding, and tailgating other cars. Police say when they approached Rivera’s car he shouted at the officer, calling the officer racist because he is Hispanic. Police say Rivera had three other people in the car who told him to be quiet.

Police say Rivera was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, so he was placed under arrest, and taken to the police station. Police say while Rivera was being taken to the station, he called the officer a number of racial slurs.

While being booked at the police station, Rivera said he couldn’t breathe and wanted to be taken to the hospital, so he was taken to the hospital, but left without being evaluated or getting any kind of treatment.

Rivera is charged with DUI, Following Too Closely, Traveling Too Fast, and having Tinted Windows.

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