The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A Cranston man was charged with disorderly conduct and told not to come back to the Walmart on Aug. 3 after he went behind a counter and threatened a sales associate in the electronics department. Officer Joseph Mee said employees at the store told him how the man, who was upset that his new pre-paid phone did not have his old phone number as requested, started yelling at the Walmart people who, according to the manager, had nothing to do with the actions of the pre-paid phone company and had no control over the situation. The sales associate said the man slammed a phone behind the counter and was actually behind the counter and, instead of leaving when he was told to, turned and threatened to wait for the employee outside. After talking to witnesses and viewing surveillance of the incident, Mee arrested Edward J. Mann, 54, of 112 Eden Crest Dr., Cranston, was charged with disorderly conduct and later released with a summons.
Officer Daniel O’Connell reported a nine-foot inflatable dinghy and outboard motor went missing from a larger boat that was under repair at the Harbor Lights Marina on Aug. 1. The owner told O’Connell he came to check the progress of repairs on the larger boat and discovered that the Zodiac Zoom dinghy was missing. He said a 9.9 horsepower outboard motor was with the dinghy. He said the dinghy was worth $2,500 and the motor cost $2,800. No suspects or witnesses.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Jacob Elderkin reported he was on his way to a priority call with lights and siren on around 7:55 p.m. on July 28 when a car stopped sideways on George Arden Avenue got in his way. He said the driver was clumsily attempting to move the car when he looked over at Elderkin and realized he was in front of him, he stared blankly and appeared to be drunk and was unable to maneuver his car. Elderkin said he got out of his cruiser and approached the man and told him to shut the car off and get out of the car for a field sobriety test. He said the man smelled strongly of alcohol and became agitated and confrontational and accused Elderkin of trying to humiliate him. Elderkin said he then told him he was not going to continue because he was “too drunk to complete the test. Elderkin said the driver continued to be confrontational with officers and, after a lot of stalling, admitted he was not going to take the breath test at headquarters. Jacob Balzano, 23, of 49 Ash St., was charged with DUI and refusal and issued a summons. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Timothy Kenyon reported stopping a car that was weaving in and out of oncoming traffic on Airport Road around 7 p.m. on July 27. Kenyon said the driver told him he didn’t realize he was crossing into the other lanes because he was listening to music on the way to his boss’s house in Conimicut. Kenyon said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. Kenyon said he also got a statement from a witness who followed the car and reported it to police earlier. Michael J. Terry, 50, of 180 Waterman Ave., North Providence, was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Kevin McGuire reported he stopped a car he saw take off from the parking lot of Tavern 12 around 10 p.m. on July 27 and speed down Post Road and cut off another driver before turning onto the Airport Connector, where McGuire pulled it over. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and said he was going to Providence to find a place to sleep. He said the driver failed the test and refused to take a preliminary breath test with the portable breath analyzer and was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take an Intoxilyzer test. Joe B. Fowler, 49, of 90 Sunnybrook Dr., North Kingstown, was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Stephen Major reported he was dispatched to an accident near New London Avenue around 11:50 p.m. on July 27. He said one of the drivers involved appeared to be drunk but said he was not injured and didn’t need medical attention. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. He said he gave the man a preliminary test on the portable breath tester and he registered a .127 blood alcohol content. Major said he took Richard D. Melara, 34, of 16 Pettine St., Coventry, to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations.
Officer John Curley reported stopping a car on East Avenue around 12:12 a.m. on July 21 that had no lights on and cross the centerline several times. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. He said he took Andy Jean Gilles, 36, of 527 Kenyon Ave., Pawtucket, to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. He said he also had a bottle of liquid in the car that contained alcohol. Gilles was charged with DUI, second offense, refusal, laned roadway violations, driving without lights and driving in the presence of alcohol. He was later taken to Kent Hospital for detox.
Officer Christopher Fernandes reported stopping a car for doing 50 miles per hour on Long Street around 1:10 a.m. on Aug. 1. He said he had his lights and siren and his air horn in play but was ignored by the driver who didn’t acknowledge him until it pulled into his own driveway. Fernandes said the driver could not stand by himself and he did not try to do a field sobriety test for fear of the driver injuring himself. Jeffrey A. Stockard, 39, of 106 Clinton St., Warwick, was taken directly to Kent Hospital for a blood test, and he refused the blood test and breath and was left in the care of the staff for drug and behavioral observation.
Officer Thomas Duncan reported he arrested the driver of a Jeep on Sandy Lane after watching him drive erratically from Main Avenue. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test at headquarters. Jonathan C. Stewart, 25, 31 Anderson Ave., Warwick, was charged with DUI, a third refusal within five years refusal, laned roadway violations, ignoring traffic lights, no insurance and not wearing a seat belt. Duncan reported that Stewart told him he was an “EMT” and Duncan was “ruining” him and later told him that the FBI and Interpol were looking for him.