The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Manuel Pacheco took a report of a generator compartment being broken into at the Sparrow Point I apartment complex on Sept. 25. The maintenance man showed Pacheco the broken latches on the compartment and pointed out where a radiator and a battery and possibly other components had been taken. They also pointed out that a manhole cover was missing as well. The maintenance man said the last time he saw the compartment undisturbed was on Sept. 21. There were no witnesses or suspects.
Officer Tammy Mello reported she went to a group home on Buttonwoods Avenue on Sept. 23 for a report of the home’s car being vandalized. A spokesman for Avatar Residential Incorporated said he noticed the damage to the 2004 Nissan around 11:40 a.m. had its front window smashed and driver’s side mirror broken off and missing. He said he didn’t know when the damage was done and had no idea who did it or why.
Officer Christopher Lo was dispatched to the Macy’s store in the Warwick Mall around 7:25 p.m. on Sept. 25 for a shoplifting suspect in custody. A loss prevention agent for the store told Lo she watched the suspect select about 10 pieces of clothing and take them into a fitting room. She said she alerted another loss prevention agent to follow the woman on the closed circuit television. The loss prevention agent told Lo she saw the woman was carrying a Macy’s bag when she went into the stall and saw the woman come out of the stall with three less items than she went in with. She said she found three empty hangers in the stall and continued to follow the suspect. She said the suspect selected and paid for a pair of shoes but made no attempt to pay for the unaccounted for items that were concealed. She told Lo the woman then selected a brown handbag and took the elevator to the second floor, ducked behind a rack and emerged without the handbag in sight and the bag she was carrying visibly larger. She told Lo they stopped the woman as she was leaving the store without paying for the goods. Kelly C. Pestana, 20, of 3595 Post Rd. in Warwick was charged with shoplifting $169.50 worth of merchandise. She was later released with a summons for District Court. Lo said the loss prevention agent from Macy’s called him to inform him that $84 worth of merchandise was damaged by Pestana when she tore the antitheft tags off the goods and they wanted her to make restitution for the damaged goods.
DUI AND REFUSALS
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he was on patrol around 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 13 when he came across two cars stopped in the middle of the road on Namquid Drive. He said he turned onto Namquid and was immediately flagged by the driver of the second car. The driver told him she was following the car on Warwick Avenue and saw it hit the curb several times before it turned onto Namquid. He said he was speaking with her when he saw the other car attempt to drive away on a flat tire while the car itself was smoking. He said he pulled the car over near Marty’s Liquors. He said the driver stumbled out of the car to attempt to assess the damage and he grabbed him by the shirt to keep him from falling. He told the man to get back in the car as he started a DUI investigation. He said the man smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was mumbled and thick. He said he asked him where he was coming from and he said he was coming from his house. He said he asked him where he was going and the man again said his house. He said he asked him to get out of the car for a field sobriety test. He said he stumbled as he got out of the car and had to be held to keep him from falling. DiNardo said he asked him how much he had to drink and he said nothing, that he was allergic to alcohol, even though he still smelled strongly of alcohol outside the car. He said the diver claimed he couldn’t do a field sobriety test because he had medical conditions and that one of his legs was shorter than the other and that prevented him from walking normally. He said the driver could not stand up without falling and he stopped the field sobriety test. He said he took Scott J. Dickson, 51, of 26 Pocono Dr. to headquarters where he registered a .269 and a .265 blood alcohol content on the breath test. He was charged with DUI and then transported to Kent Hospital for detox.
A number of officers were dispatched to the area of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Apponaug for an accident involving a Jeep and a telephone pole holding a transformer that left the transformer burning and the electricity in the area out. Officer John Larivee reported he was assigned to speak with the driver of the Jeep, who was standing among other people down a small embankment where the Jeep came to rest. He said the driver said she didn’t do all the damage, pointing to the downed live wires. He said she smelled strongly of alcohol but said she only had four beers. He asked the 18-year-old if she knew what the legal limit was for drivers under the age of 21and she said she did not. He reminded her it was .02 and asked her if she would take a field sobriety test. He said she agreed but did not pass the test and was taken to headquarters for a breath test. He said she became belligerent on the short ride to headquarters and threatened to spit on him and said she couldn’t wait to catch him out of uniform and started insulting the kids she assumed he had. He said she made sounds as if she was going to spit on him but he warned her that would add assault to her troubles and she never did spit on him. He said she admitted that she had more than a few beers and had been drinking vodka and a couple of shots and hadn’t eaten that night and admitted she lost control of the Jeep and hit the pole. He said Cassandra E. Shea, 18, of 22 Matteson Ave. in West Warwick was charged with DUI and later given a ride home when he could not locate anyone to come to the station to take her home. She was taken home, where there was a sober adult to take custody of her.
Officer Stephen Major reported he was on a traffic post in Apponaug around 10:10 p.m. on Sept. 24 when he saw an SUV going the wrong way on Veterans Memorial Drive and continuing the wrong way on Post Road. He said he activated his siren and blocked the road while he had her turn the vehicle around in the right direction and pulled it over at Lockhart Ave. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and could barely pronounce West Greenwich when he asked her where she was coming from. He said she failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Cheryl D’Amico, 47, of 14 Lexington Ave. in Cranston was charged with DUI, refusal and going the wrong way on a one-way street. She was later released to a sober adult.