The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer Jason Brodeur was dispatched to 33 Jefferson Blvd. around 3:50 p.m. on June 28 for a report of a coin-operated vacuum machine that had been broken into. The manager of the BP gas station told Brodeur he last saw the machine intact the night before but discovered that day that it had been damaged and all the quarters taken. He estimated that about $400 had been taken from the coin box. No witnesses or suspects.
ROCK THE BOAT
Officer Paul Wells reported he was on patrol around 3 p.m. on June 26 when he heard a report of a boat capsizing about 50 feet from shore at Oakland Beach and all the occupants still in the water. He said Warwick Fire was already on the scene when he arrived and all three occupants of the 9-foot jon boat were on shore and unhurt. The owner of the boat told Wells he and his friend and his friend’s son brought the boat to go fishing just off shore and equipped it with a small outboard motor. He said they anchored the boat about 50 feet from shore and commenced fishing until the wind and the waves increased and swamped the boat. He said they all bailed out and swam about 20 or 30 feet until they could walk to the beach. The boy was the only person on the boat wearing a life jacket. The boat was rescued by the firefighters and towed to the boat ramp on Bay Avenue. A DEM officer arrived and gave the owner several citations, including having an unregistered boat and having only one life jacket for three passengers. No one was injured or required medical attention.
Officer Patrick Smith took a report of a door and side window smashed at the Romerry School on Greco lane on June 27. The director of the school told Smith she arrived at the school around 6:45 that morning and saw a number of golf-ball-sized rocks in front of the smashed glass door and side window. She told Smith she had been at the school around 7 p.m. the day before and the door was undamaged at that time. She said she had no idea who would have broken it. She said the school had no surveillance cameras but there are neighbors who may have seen something but she hadn’t asked them as of that time. She said children often cut trough the lane but she didn’t know any of them personally. She told Smith her husband had already called about having the damage repaired and got an estimate of $2,500.
Officer Jacob Elderkin was dispatched to the Architectural Preservation Group office on Meadow Street around 4:35 p.m. on June 27 for a report of two ladders gone missing from their property. The owner told Elderkin he arrived at the office around 3:30 that day and discovered that two ladders were gone, with the chain and lock that secured them left on the ground. He said the 20-foot fiberglass extension ladder cost $189.95 and the 36-foot aluminum ladder was worth $439.95. The owner said he had no idea who took the ladders and though cameras on a building across the street may have seen something, the business was closed for the day, but Elderkin noted that the angle of the camera’s focus made that unlikely anyway.
NOT HIS DAY
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported he was on patrol around 2:45 a.m. on June 25 when he observed the car in front of him swerving across the double yellow lines on Centerville Road. He said he attempted to pull the car over but the driver did not respond until it reached the Dunkin’ Donuts and pulled into the parking lot there. He said the driver told him he had not been drinking but his passenger was extremely drunk. DiMaio said there was regurgitated food on the dashboard and the driver’s window and he appeared to be drunk. He said he took the driver’s name and went back to his cruiser to run a check on him when the driver bolted out of the car and ran down the on ramp for Route 2 north. He said he and Officer Albert Marano chased the driver until he jumped over a guardrail, into a pond and then tripped and fell. He said they fished the guy out of the pond and took him back to his vehicle and then on to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. DiMaio said Bradley M. Vaz, 24, of 1772 Main St. in West Warwick, told him he ran because he had a warrant out. He was charged with DWI, refusal, resisting arrest, laned roadway violations, driving on a suspended license, obstructing an officer and being a probation violator. He was later remanded to the ACI and held without bail.
DWI AND REFUSAL
Officer Joshua Myer reported he was on patrol around midnight on June 25 when he heard a dispatch about a suspected drunk driver on West Shore Road. He said he then saw a dark car swerving in and out of lanes with no headlights on. He said he came up behind the car and turned on his emergency lights for a vehicle stop when the car went up on the sidewalk and stayed there, with three wheels over the curb. He said the driver appeared to be very drunk and almost fell over as he got out of his car and hugged a nearby telephone pole to keep from falling. Myer said it was clear that he could not do the field sobriety test and the man was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Leonard A. Macari, 54, of 71 Hopkins Ave. in Johnston was charged with DWI, refusal, laned roadway violations and driving without headlights after dark. He was later released to a sober adult.
Sgt. Scott Robillard reported he was on patrol around 12:15 a.m. on June 27 when he saw a car take a very wide turn onto Main Avenue from Greenwich Avenue without using its brakes and proceeded down Main while swerving from lane to lane. He said they stopped at Jefferson Boulevard and he pulled up beside the car and saw that the driver and passenger had a “look of extreme intoxication.” He said the car had its left directional signal blinking but proceeded straight ahead when the light turned green and he followed it when it turned north on Post Road where he pulled the car over in the Tavern 12 parking lot. He said he was running checks on their names as the woman complained he was keeping her from getting “last call” at Tavern 12. He said the driver was out of the car and starting the sobriety test when the woman got out of the car and started yelling at Robillard for keeping them from last call. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and actually poked himself in the eye with the finger to nose test. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and the woman became irate again and insisted that she would walk home. Robillard said he believed that she was actually drunker than the driver and had her taken to Kent Hospital for detox instead. He said the driver registered a .233 twice on the breath test. Kyle L. Marschall, 23, of 100 Revere Ave. in West Warwick was charged with DWI and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.