Man Apologizes to Middletown Family 30 Years After Arrest

Michael Faria apologized to the victim's family this week in court - 30 years after his arrest.


Michael Faria of Portsmouth appeared in court this week and pleaded "not guilty" to a .

Outside the court, Faria, who was convicted of reckless driving nearly 30 years ago, gave a tearful apology to The Coffey family of Middletown. 

To view Faria's apology and comments, view the NBC 10 video here. 

The Coffey family of Middletown previously expressed outrage after this second arrest of Faria nearly 30 years after an accident dramatically altered their lives. 

Neil Coffey's then 9-year-old daughter Meredith suffered a permanent traumatic brain injury after the 1983 accident. The accident involved Faria, who was convicted then on a reckless driving charge, reports WPRI. 

Now, nearly 30 years later, Faria is back in court again. He was arrested on July 15 at his home after a motor vehicle crash on Dexter Street.

A vehicle had struck a parked car and fled the area. However, the vehicle left behind a piece of evidence — its license plate. Police tracked the license plate back to its owner, Faria. 

He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence or DUI. 

Faria pleaded "not guilty" at his arraignment. He is due back in court for sentencing on Sept. 6. 

William August 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Mr Coffey and his family are strong and have delt with so much-- with honor and love... this man Faria is qutie troubled and a toad at best... Everytime we step out in this world we have a choice to make light or to make darkness- The Coffey family have chosen the first, and this bug Faria has clearly picked the latter... My love to MR. and Mrs Coffey and the entire family.... Thank you for standing strong! William B.
Chowda Head August 18, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Article points to general video library on Channel 10.Here is the actual link: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2012/aug/17/1/man-apologizes-decades-later-93271-vi-44284/
Jasmine August 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I give him credit for taking responsiblity for his actions which is pretty rare these days.
Rhody August 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
You give him credit for taking responsibility for his actions? Are you kidding me? What planet are you from? He apologized 29 years after he forever altered the life of the Coffey family. He "apologized" w/ the sole intention of trying maneuver his way out of his latest mess.
Jasmine August 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Relax Rhody, I meant by pleading no contest to the DUI. With those facts, he and his bottom dwelling lawyer had an excellent chance at beating that charge.


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