DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
A driver who recently told officers, “I don’t drink,” was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
David Aurielio, 68, of 212 Sandy Lane, Apt. 4101 in Warwick, was taken into custody on April 3 at 1:14 a.m. According to Officer Alfred Silveira’s report, he was on routine patrol traveling on Warwick Avenue when he noticed a black Toyota moving at a high rate of speed. Utilizing his radar, the officer confirmed the car was traveling at 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.
After conducting a traffic stop, the officer advised Aurielio of the speeding violation. Aurielio stated that there was nobody on the road and that he was just going home from playing poker in North Providence since noon. Officer Silveira detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Aurielio’s breath and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech slurred.
After Aurielio stated that he didn’t drink, the officer informed him that he could detect the odor of alcohol. Aurielio then stated that he had consumed two beers. Additional officers were called to the scene, and Aurielio agreed to submit to a series of field sobriety tests.
During the tests, Aurielio stated, “I don’t know why we’re doing this. I’ve been doing this for years,” before saying, “Do what you have to do, I’m not taking any more tests.” Based on the officer’s experience and observations, it was determined that he was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely, and he was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. At the station, Aurielio refused to take a chemical breathalyzer test.
Aurielio was charged with driving under the influence, first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical breathalyzer test, and speeding. He was later released to his son.
On April 2 around 10:37 a.m., Officer Albert Marano assisted a woman at police headquarters with a stolen cell phone report.
The woman stated that she was at Warwick Mall shopping with family when she placed her cell phone down momentarily while shopping. When she turned around she found that it was gone. Described as a gray 64-gigabyte iPhone 6, the phone was pinged before it was shut off and two locations in Foster were given.
Officer Marano notified the Foster Police Department of his findings. That department checked the addresses; however, they were unsuccessful in finding anyone home. An investigation is ongoing at this time.
On April 1 around 11:20 p.m., Officer Damian Andrews responded to the Teamworks at 170 Jefferson Boulevard for a report of malicious damage.
At the scene in the parking lot the officer met with the complainant, who stated that he had arrived at the facility around 6:30 p.m. and parked on the side of the building. He stated that he played a game, had dinner, and then worked as a referee for two games. When he walked out to his car at 10:10 p.m., he noticed that the right passenger side window had been broken out. The car’s owner also noticed that there was damage to the doorframe. The glove compartment and center console were open, but all of the items were still there. The man stated that nothing was taken from the car other than the manual for the vehicle. There are currently no suspects or witnesses.
Officer Albert Marano assisted a male victim with a fraud report on April 2 around 12:44 p.m. at police headquarters.
According to the victim’s account, he stated that after reviewing his Home Depot credit card bill, he learned that someone made a purchase on March 15 in the amount of $4,111.37 in the store’s kitchen and bath department. The man indicated that he had not given anyone permission to use his card and that it was in his possession during the time of the purchase.
The man told the officer that he had cancelled his card and said that someone also attempted to open a Kohl’s account in his name. As the man lives in West Warwick, Officer Marano advised him to also file an identity theft report with that department. The report was then forwarded to department detectives for investigation.
On March 30 at approximately 7 p.m. Officer Quentin Tavares and several other officers were dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Walmart for a report of a shoplifting in progress.
At the scene two females, later identified as Shantel Dunn, 27, of 9 Cobb Street in East Providence, and Abigail Hanson, 26, of 95 Barrows Street, Apt. 2 in Providence, were detained and had been brought back into the store.
According to store employees, the two women were observed entering the store around 6:50 p.m. and then headed to the women’s department. There they began selecting clothing and concealed them in bags they were carrying and entered the store with. Hanson also selected a hat that she then wore on her head, while Dunn selected sunglasses, which she also wore.
The two suspects then headed to the garden section, where they exited without making any attempts to pay. Outside they were stopped by security, who later recovered 16 items from Hanson valued at $132.22 and 21 items from Dunn valued at $192.92. None of the items were damaged and are resalable.
The pair was transported to police headquarters, where they were fingerprinted, photographed and processed. They were each charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting.
A Dorrance Street resident recently found that a video game system delivered to his home had been stolen.
On March 31 around 9:30 a.m., Officer Rose Michel met with the victim in the lobby of police headquarters for an informational report. The man told the officer that he had purchased a Nintendo Switch gaming system on Amazon.com for $320.99 and was provided with a USPS tracking number and a delivery date of March 26.
The man tracked the package, which was delayed and postponed for delivery until March 27. When he didn’t receive the system, he contacted Amazon, who contacted the USPS on a three-way line. USPS stated that the package was delivered on March 27. When the man then advised them he never received the delivery, he was told to file a complaint with the police department. The man then filed a written report, which was forwarded to detectives for review.