Police: Man sent to hospital for detox dies later that night

Police say there was no sign of foul play


Barrington police responded to a home in Barrington early Tuesday evening, March 7, after an Uber driver called the station to report that he was transporting a highly intoxicated man to a Barrington home.

Police said the man, a 35-year-old West Warwick resident, had apparently passed out in the car while it was traveling to his girlfriend's home in Barrington; he was also carrying an unopened 12-pack of beer.

Police arrived at the Barrington home and later called for the fire department to transport the man to the hospital for detox.

The man went to the hospital a little after 7 p.m. and was reportedly released around 9. He then went back to the Barrington home and went to bed at 11 p.m.

Police were then called to the home again at 4:30 a.m. the next morning after the homeowner reportedly found her boyfriend had died at some point during the overnight hours. 

Police said an autopsy was conducted that revealed no evidence of foul play. 


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That's a shame. In the past I might have blamed the man for not being able to control his addictions, but I just ate two boxes of cookies, so I have an addiction of my own.

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