By Elizabeth F. McNamara
East Greenwich police officer Scott Cole is back on the job after being suspended with pay since last August, following an accusation that he texted a woman after he’d arrested her for driving under the influence. The woman said after the arrest Cole had texted her later that day and was flirting with her.
That incident followed one April 18, when Cole himself was arrested for driving under the influence in West Warwick after getting into an car accident. He was also cited for refusing a breathalyzer test. Cole, 29, lives in Warwick.
He faced no formal charges in connection to the texting allegation, but was suspended pending an investigation.
Police Chief Steven Brown confirmed that Cole has returned to regular duty (he’s a patrolman) but declined to say anything more.
“He’s back to work on conditions acceptable to the town,” said Town Solicitor Michael Ursillo. “I can’t tell you the terms and conditions,” he said, citing the state Law Enforcement Bill of Rights and personnel privacy concerns.
“It’s acceptable to all involved,” Ursillo added. “I will tell you the town’s interests have been looked out for and protected.”
Cole, a veteran, was able to have the DUI charge moved to Veterans Treatment Court, which was developed to help veterans after just such run ins with the law. If Cole completes the steps given to him by that court, the DUI will be removed from his record in May. He has been with the EGPD since 2016.