Coventry man arrested twice on same day on drunk driving, gun charges

Shawn Michael Lavoie was arrested by Coventry police twice on the same day on two separate incidents. (Police photo/WJAR)

A Coventry man was arrested twice on Thursday morning on two separate incidents stemming from drunk driving and firing a gun.

Shawn Lavoie, 25, was first arrested at 1:35 a.m. on a DUI charge after submitting to a breathalyzer test. His blood alchohol level was .192, according to police. Lavoie was brought back to his house and released just after 4 a.m..

Three minutes after his release, police were called to the area of Lavoie's home to investigate gunshots.

When police arrived, they found dozens of rifle casings on Lavoie's front steps. After investigating, police determined that Lavoie had been shooting towards the highway, where Coventry police had just been minutes earlier.

The investigation also found that Lavoie's Facebook page included a number of posts against police.

One post said, "All police deserve to ******* die."

Another post read, "Nobody's welcome on my ******* property you come here unwelcome you will be shot."

Other posts included racist and threatening remarks about the police officer who had driven Lavoie home earlier that day, according to police and posts on Lavoie's Facebook page.

Lavoie, who was found wearing body armor, was arrested by Coventry police a second time.

Col. John MacDonald, Coventry's police chief, told NBC 10 News that police seized a number of guns and ammunition from Lavoie's home, including a Windham AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle, and Mossberg 500 shotgun with a pistol grip.

Lavoie was charged with carrying a weapon while intoxicated and altering the identification on a gun, which are both considered felonies. He's also been charged with firing a gun across the highway, which is a misdemeanor.

Police say the investigation into the second incident is ongoing and might result in additional charges, including the potential of rising to the level of a hate crime.

"Usually, the attorney general's office will review a case to see if there is a hate crime element," MacDonald said.

Lavoie was also charged with speeding and a road lane violation. In 2016, court records show that he was charged with driving without a license.

He was later arraigned at Kent County Courthouse and released on personal recognizance. He is set to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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