Police Log - 'Just two beers'

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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On November 9 at 4:34 p.m., Officers Jacob Elderkin along with several members of the department were dispatched to the area of what was initially reported as Wildes Corner for a report of a possible drunk driver. While officers were responding to that area, dispatch received three additional calls about the suspect vehicle, a brown Audi A4, and that it had left the area and was headed eastbound on West Shore Road towards Apponaug.

Officer Elderkin, who was in Apponaug, observed the vehicle approaching the traffic circle just east of police headquarters, and positioned his cruiser directly behind the suspect car. He then observed the vehicle enter the roundabout and make an almost straight line towards Post Road, not following the normal curve of the road and crossing over lane lines. While on Post Road, the officer reported that the car swerved drastically, crossing over the fog line multiple times. A traffic stop was then initiated at the intersection of Post Road at Packard Avenue.

Contact was then made with the driver, identified as Derek Guilbe-Nash, 28, of 145 Chestnut Street in Abbington, Mass. Upon speaking with Guilbe-Nash, the officer immediately detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and that he exhibited signs of intoxication. He was asked to exit his vehicle, and was unsteady on his feet. Guilbe-Nash then agreed to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests.

Based upon Guilbe-Nash’s performance during the test and the officers’ observations, it was determined that he was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely and was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. His car was towed from the scene and Guilbe-Nash was transported to police headquarters. At the station, Guilbe-Nash kept falling asleep while he was being processed. He then consented to a breathalyzer test, which produced blood alcohol readings of .147 and .149 percent.

Guilbe-Nash was charged with driving under the influence, first offence, and was provided a summons with a mandatory court date. He also received a Municipal Court citation for laned roadway violations for swerving. He was later released to a sober adult.

SHOPLIFTING

Officer Thomas Duncan was dispatched to the JC Penney store at the Warwick Mall on November 10 for a report of a shoplifter in custody.

At the store the officer met with an asset protection manager who stated that at around 2:33 p.m. she observed a woman suspect, later identified as Linda Goncalves, 45, of 217 Virginia Avenue in Providence, in the women’s shoe department. There, the report indicates that she was observed selecting a pair of gray Adidas sneakers and concealing them in a bag. Goncalves then exited the store, passing all points of sale without paying.

Outside the store, Goncalves was approached by security and was asked to return inside. There, the sneakers along with a pair of Jeans and a bottle of Michael Kors perfume, with a total value of $195, was recovered. The manager then told the officer that the store wished to prosecute, and Goncalves was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Prior to being placed in a cell, Goncalves was patted down and four pairs of men’s boxers were discovered stuffed into her underwear. Goncalves allegedly stated to officers that she had stolen the items from Walmart on Post Road earlier in the day. Walmart was contacted but stated that they did not wish to prosecute and the items were discarded in the trash.

Goncalves was issued a no trespass order for JC Penney’s and charged with one count of shoplifting. It was determined that Goncalves was on probation and she was held for evening arraignment with a justice of the peace.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

While on patrol on November 10 around 11:46 p.m., Officer Damian Andrews observed a car take a right onto Warwick Avenue from Airport Road that had a left headlight that was out. A traffic stop was then initiated at the intersection of Warwick Avenue and Omaha Boulevard.

Officer Andrews then made contact with the driver, identified as Michelle Florez-Akanji, 32, of 19 Jason Drive in Lincoln. Florez-Akanji stated that she did not have her license with her but knew the identification number. A background check then found that the license was suspended and that the car’s registration was inactive. She was issued a violation for driving on a suspended license, first offense, and for operating an unregistered vehicle. Her car was later towed.

LARCENY

Officer Britton Kelly responded to Bourbon Place on November 11 around 10:17 a.m. to meet with a victim in regards to a theft. At the scene, the woman told the officer that she had parked her vehicle in her driveway and believed that it was locked. When she returned, she found that her laptop case containing her work laptop was missing, along with one of her debit cards. Officers were later provided with the laptop’s serial number, and the case was forwarded to department detectives for review.

TWO BEERS

Officer Christopher Cote was dispatched to the area of Warwick Avenue near Hoxsie Four Corners on November 11 for a report of an erratic operator. He was advised that an orange Mustang was the suspect vehicle, which was traveling south. The officer caught up with the vehicle, and observed the car swerve over the white travel lanes and within its own lane. A traffic stop was then initiated in the area of 2323 Warwick Avenue.

The officer then met with the driver, identified as Harold Ramsay, 24, of 170 Washington Street in Woonsocket. He explained that he was coming from a friend’s house in Providence, and that he was headed to a residence in Warwick Neck. While speaking, the officer detected the smell of alcohol emanating from Ramsay, and that he showed signs of intoxication. Ramsay allegedly told officers that he had two beers that evening, and agreed to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests.

At the conclusion of the tests it was determined that Ramsay was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely and was detained for suspicion of driving under the influence. His car was towed from the scene and Ramsay was later transported to police headquarters.

At the station, Ramsay agreed to take a chemical breathalyzer test, which produced blood alcohol readings of 0.130 and 0.124 percent. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense, driving on a suspended license, first offense, and laned roadway violations.

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