Mike Riley Charged With Resisting Arrest, DUI

A fitting photo of Mike Riley’s failed campaign for Congress. (Photo by Bob Plain)

Mike Riley, a Republican who ran for Congress against Jim Langevin, was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest, according to Narragansett Police.

According to a police report, Michael G. Riley, of 444 Ocean Rd, was arrested at 1:45 Wednesday morning on Point Judith Road for resisting arrest, suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

The report says an officer saw a grey Lexus drive “off the roadway and onto the grass. I got behind the vehicle and observed it cross over ‘he solid fog line and onto the dirt shoulder by the wooded area off of Kinney Ave. The  vehicle corrected itself again and began drifting to the right side of the road when l activated my overhead emergency lights.”

According to the report, Riley used his congressional candidacy to intimidate the officers after he was pulled over. The report says he “stated that he had ran for Congress and we had ‘fucked up’. He was very unsteady on his feet and was swaying from side to side drastically.”  The report also says he told an officer, “you’re going to lose your job for this.”

When an officer tried to handcuff Riley, the report says he, “’he pulled his hand away and screamed “I ran for God Damn Congress, you’re fucked!'”

Riley is known to be combative. The former Wall Street hedge fund manager, ran a brutally negative campaign against Langevin. He was also highly critical of the media and the left. He was politifacted by the Providence Journal four times during the campaign and his best grade was a “half true.” He was also twice declared “mostly false,” and once “false.”

He won 35 percent of the vote.


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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

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