The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer John Curley reported he was dispatched to 1139 Main Ave. around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 5 for a taxicab fare evasion. A driver for Corporate Taxi in Providence told Curley he picked a man up at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence earlier and the man told him he wanted to go to the Warwick Mall. The driver said the man changed his mind when they got to Warwick and told him he wasn’t sure where he wanted to go and they ended up at the Greenwood Nursing Home, where the man said he had a cousin who lived there. He said the man got out and knocked on the door several times with no one responding before the passenger bolted and fled on foot. Curley said he advised the driver that the address was a nursing home and the chances of his fare having a cousin living there were pretty slim. He said the driver did not want to file a complaint at that time but did say he wanted a police report to document the incident for his employer.
A manager at the On the Dock Grill on Waterfront Drive told Officer John Choquette he arrived at the restaurant that day around 2 p.m., he found that the back fence gate was broken and all of the pickets removed from the gate. He told Choquette that he then checked the building but found that it was still locked and secured. He said he had no idea how the damage occurred and had no suspects or witnesses for the incident. He said the damage cost around $100.
A Duncan Road resident came into headquarters on Oct. 12 to report that someone went into his Silverado pickup truck some time overnight and took his GPS unit and a Samsung Bluetooth phone. He said about $5 in change was taken and his locked glove compartment was damaged by an attempt to get into it. He said the phone and GPS unit were worth around $150. He said a second Bluetooth was missing from his wife’s vehicle, which was also parked in the driveway at the same time. No suspects or witnesses.
A North Providence man avoided being taken to headquarters on Oct. 7, after security at the Kohl’s department store in the Rhode Island Mall told Officer Jason Brodeur they saw him conceal merchandise under his body and attempt to leave the store without paying for the goods. They told Brodeur they recovered two packets of Silk Reflections hosiery, a Michael Kors belt and a Michael Kors sequined dress worth a total of $209 from Michael T. Dibiasio, 59, of 1 Heritage Cir. in North Providence, after he attempted to leave the store without stopping at the checkout counters. Brodeur reported he called his supervisor and got permission to issue a summons at the scene because the suspect was in a wheelchair.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he was on a fixed traffic post on Warwick Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on Oct. 3 when he clocked a car doing 52 mph heading south on Warwick Avenue. He said he followed the car and clocked the car doing between 45 and 50 mph as he followed it before pulling it over near Namquid Drive.
DiNardo said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said it was raining at the time and he asked the driver if he would submit to a field sobriety test in the bay of a nearby self-serve carwash and he agreed. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and registered a .146 on a portable breath analyzer. DiNardo said Michael Lynch, 25, of 32 Lane Eight in Warwick was taken to headquarters where he registered a .173 and a .168 on the Breathalyzer test. Lynch was charged with speeding and DUI, first offense, and later released with a summons to a sober adult.
Sgt. Thomas Snow reported he was traveling west on Airport Road around 12.05 a.m. when he radar clocked a car doing 68 mph as it passed him in the opposite direction and he made a u-turn to pursue the car. He said he followed it north on Warwick Avenue as it crossed the yellow lines several times before it was stopped near Squantum Drive. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be under the influence. He said he started a field sobriety test on the driver but stopped it when the driver nearly fell over as he failed the finger-to-nose test. The driver was taken to headquarters where he blew a .261 and a .264 on the Breathalyzer. Snow said the car had New Jersey plates but the driver told him he had lived in Rhode Island for a year but had no way of verifying that so he was held for the next session of District Court. Jordan A. Ochner, 28, of 1644 Broad St. in Cranston was charged with speeding, laned roadway violations and DUI, first offense.
Officer Geoffrey Waldman reported he was on a fixed post near the Scrub-a-Dub car wash on Bald Hill Road around 2:50 a.m. on Oct. 5 when a car passed him that had no rear license plate light. He said he pulled the car over near the Philip W. Noel Court House and noticed it also lacked an inspection sticker. He said the driver smelled moderately of alcohol and admitted he had been drinking earlier. Waldman said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he registered a .089 on both tries. Joshua J. Hobba, 26, of 319 Providence St. in West Warwick was charged with DUI and driving without insurance or an inspection sticker. He was later released to a sober adult.