The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Nicholas DiNardo and other officers were dispatched to the intersection of Quaker Lane and Exit 8 south on 95 around 2:25 a.m. on April 27. A caller said there was someone slumped over the console behind the wheel of a black Buick. He said they arrived to find the motor was running and the man unresponsive to any knocks on the windows or the sound of the sirens they set off to wake him up. He said they even tried shaking the car with no success. DiNardo said the doors of the car were locked and they called Warwick Fire for assistance. DiNardo said they were afraid if they broke the window and the man suddenly woke up, he would take his foot off the brake and the car would roll before they had a chance to control it and it would go across multiple lanes of traffic. Firefighters put blocks in front of the tires of the car before they forced their way into the car and shut off the car. He said the firefighters eventually woke him up and he appeared to be very drunk. DiNardo said the driver failed the field sobriety test and refused a breath test at headquarters. Alexander Smith, 24, of 940 Quaker Lane in East Greenwich, was charged with DUI, refusal and having an open bottle of beer while driving.
Officer William DiGiulio reported being dispatched to the McDonald’s in Meadowbrook Plaza around 1:45 a.m. on April 28. He arrived to find Lt. David DeAngelis escorting a driver out of a Hyundai SUV. He said the subject was unsteady on his feet. DeAngelis explained that he stopped the SUV after watching it being aggressively operated on Warwick Avenue and Sandy Lane and followed it into the plaza. He said he approached the driver who threw up his hands and said, “You caught me … I stole it. I stole it from my mother.”
DeAngelis said he was obviously intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test.
DeAngelis said they investigated his confession about stealing his mother’s car and learned that he did take it without her permission that night, but she usually let him drive the car and it certainly didn’t rise to the level of theft as far as she was concerned. Gary J. Manning, 22, of 68 Damon Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and then turned over to his mother.
Officer John Curley reported stopping a car on West Shore Road without headlights around 9:20 p.m. on April 25. Curley said he saw the car go left of center several times before he pulled it over and said the driver appeared to be drunk. Curley said he asked the driver if he knew why he was pulled over and he replied, “Is it because I was speeding?” He said the driver eventually admitted he had smoked some marijuana and taken a Valium before he reported to work, delivering pizza. Curley said he performed a field sobriety test on the driver and the driver failed it. He said he arrested the driver on suspicion of being under the influence of controlled substances and transported him to Kent Hospital where he refused to submit to a blood test. He was taken to headquarters where Patrick D. Murray, 31, of 57 Barton St. in Warwick, was charged with DUI; second offense, refusing a chemical test, laned roadway violations and driving without headlights. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Stephen Major reported he was dispatched to Picasso’s Pizza for a report of a driver damaging a parked car in the lot and then attempting to drive away. He said he arrived to find the driver had alcohol on her breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and admitted she had been drinking some Jameson whiskey earlier. He said the woman failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where she refused a breath test. Jaimie Daigneau, 27, of 72 Ridgeway Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Gregory Johnson reported he was on patrol on Centerville Road around 1:50 a.m. on April 27 when he was nearly sideswiped by a Nissan Maxima near Toll Gate Road. He said he immediately turned to follow and watched the car swerve from side to side and nearly hit a jersey barrier as it refused to pull over for several hundred yards, in spite of the lights and siren. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol and said he was on his way home to Lincoln after drinking at Hooters. Johnson said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. Christopher F. Harris, 32, of 400 New River Rd. in Manville was taken to headquarters where he blew a .204 and a .209 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Johnson said he gave the driver credit for being cooperative but said he was otherwise “incredulous” that he had been arrested and was “pompous” and showed no accountability for his actions.
“He stated that his car was worth $40,000,” which he surmised was worth more than the officer’s car … “He belittled another arrestee. He repeatedly described his arrest as ridiculous. When his shoes and outer clothing were removed prior to being placed in the cellblock, Harris bragged that his sneakers cost $200, his belt $50 and his fleece, $100.”
Johnson said he was charged with DUI and laned roadway violations and later turned over to his wife.
[The report didn’t say what his traffic fines would cost.]