A driver who recently told officers, “Oh, this one will be easy. I used to be a model,” during a walk and turn sobriety test was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
On December 10 at approximately 1:49 a.m., Officer Alfred Silveira was on routine patrol traveling south on West Shore Road when he observed a silver Mercedes traveling at a high rate of speed make a left hand turn onto Sandy Lane without using a turn signal. The officer then followed the vehicle and clocked it traveling 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.
According to the report, Officer Silveira initiated a traffic stop and met with the operator, identified as Ronald Plude, 53, of 29 West View Avenue in Cranston, who stated he was coming from a friend’s house. The officer observed that Plude had bloodshot eyes, his face was flushed and that he was stuttering and speaking with a thick tongue. When asked if he had anything to drink that evening, he stated he had two glasses of wine. He then told the officer that he would “probably not” pass a field sobriety test.
The officer asked Plude to stay with his vehicle as he returned to his cruiser to conduct background checks, when he stated, “Can you just give me a break please, I would really appreciate it.” Additional officers were called to assist at the scene, and Plude agreed to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests.
Based on observations of the vehicle in motion, the officer’s personal contact with Plude and his performance during the sobriety tests, a determination was made that he was unfit to operate a motor vehicle. He was handcuffed and placed in a cruiser and read his rights, which he stated he did not understand. Officer Silveira asked if Plude would like to have his rights reread, at which point he began begging not to be taken in, repeatedly saying “please.”
Plude was taken to police headquarters and later refused to submit to a chemical breathalyzer test. A review of Plude’s criminal history found that he had a previous DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test charge in 2012. It was determined that he would be charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical breathalyzer test second violation within five years and speeding. He was later released to a sober family member, who advised she would take care of him for the night.
Officer John Zaborski was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Walmart on December 9 for a report of a female shoplifter in custody.
Upon arrival, the officer met with a member of store security, who advised that he witnessed a female suspect, identified as Renee Iammarino, 42, of 670 North Main Street, Apt. 2R in Providence, select a Shark vacuum and a standard mixer and place them in her shopping cart. Iammarino then walked to the main entrance of the store, where she passed all points of sale without paying. Outside the store, she was approached by security and asked to return inside, where the $404 worth of merchandise was recovered.
Background checks of Iammarino came back negative, and she was given a summons on scene for misdemeanor shoplifting. She was also advised of a no trespassing order from the Walmart store and then released from the scene.
On December 4 at approximately 6:38 p.m., Officer Quentin Tavares was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Walmart for a report of a stolen iPhone.
Once at the store, Officer Tavares met with a member of the store’s security team, who stated that a customer had approached her about his stolen phone. Security was then able to review video surveillance and found the incident on video; however, they were unable to stop the female suspect before she left the store.
The victim advised the officer that he was buying items from the jewelry department, where he placed his phone on a table, at which point someone came and took it. He estimated the value at $750 and does wish to press charges if a suspect was found. The report was forwarded to detectives for further review.
A victim who had her purse stolen on December 5 while in the parking lot of the Bald Hill Road Walmart recently filed a report with Officer Rose Michel at police headquarters.
According to the report, the woman visited Walmart, purchased her merchandise and returned to her car, which was parked in a handicapped spot near the main entrance of the store. She placed her shopping bags in the trunk of the vehicle, turning her back to her shopping cart several times. When the cart was empty, she entered her car and drove off to Target.
Once there, she noticed her pocketbook was missing. She then returned to Walmart in an attempt to locate the purse but was unsuccessful. She also spoke with Walmart staff members, who informed her that the black pocketbook was not turned in to lost and found.
Contained in the purse were credit and debit cards, a driver’s license and life insurance information, and $125 in cash. She called her financial institutions and cancelled her cards, which were not yet compromised. A report was then filed and given to the records department.
On December 11 at approximately 5:42 p.m., Officer Quentin Tavares was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Walmart for a larceny report. There he met with the victim, who stated that he arrived at Rhode Island Mall, where he did some shopping, then decided to do some skateboarding outside the stores. He said he placed his keys on the ground while skateboarding, and he noticed two young males in their late teens proceed to walk by his keys. Hs stated he skated away for about 20 seconds and when he returned the keys were missing.
The victim advised that he wanted to report the keys stolen as he has all of his personal information on the set, as well as his work keys. Photographs of the two suspects were obtained from Burlington’s security system. The information was sent to records and detectives for follow up.
A woman visited police headquarters on December 6 to report a larceny from her vehicle.
The Leslie Road resident advised Officer Steven Moretti that she had parked her car at her home around 9 p.m. the night before. When she returned the following morning she opened the glove box to retrieve her wallet to find that it was missing along with a $10 bill that was in the compartment. She stated nothing else was missing and that there was no damage to the car, which she assumed she may have left unlocked.
The wallet contained various bank cards and credit cards, which she cancelled through her financial institutions. Activity unauthorized by the victim had been found on a Chase card, with $346 worth of transactions found from charges in Providence and Warwick. The woman stated that she does wish to press charges if a suspect is found.
While on patrol around 12:20 p.m. on December 7, Officer Russell Brown observed a car on Jefferson Boulevard with a combination plate affixed to it that did not match the vehicle. The car then made an abrupt left turn into a parking lot while failing to use a turn signal.
A traffic stop was initiated, and a male operator, later identified as Michael Tardie, exited the vehicle. Advised of the reason for the stop, Tardie stated that the car was recently purchased by his friend’s mother. The friend, identified as Devontay Smith, 20, of 4C Village Greens, Apt. N in East Providence, a passenger in the vehicle, quickly spoke up and said his mother was on the phone and that they had just bought the car and were in the process of switching plates.
After running the vehicle’s identification number, it was determined that the vehicle had a current, active registration. A check revealed that Tardie’s license had been suspended for failure to pay a traffic citation from May 2016. He was given a summons for operation with a suspended license, second offense.
It was also discovered that Smith had an active bench warrant for failure to appear for payment of court fees. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. The officer in charge informed Officer Brown that Smith would need $400 for the bail commissioner to come in that evening. Smith confirmed after several phone calls that a friend would respond with the funds. The vehicle was eventually taken by a licensed operator.