Officer Nicolas Reay reported stopping a car for not having brake lights on Bald Hill Road around 7:20 p.m. on Feb. 26. He said the driver was evasive about who he was and said he didn’t have an ID card. He said he asked him several times what his name was and several times there were inconsistencies and different names, like “Jesse,” “Yesef” and “Jose” Medina. Reay said there were three outstanding warrants for a Yesef Medina. Reay said Jose Medina, 38, of 19042 Grotto Ln. in Germantown, Md., was taken to headquarters where he was also charged with obstruction and later transported to the ACI to be held without bail. The owner of the car was given a ticket for faulty brake lights and was released with a summons.
Officer Kevin McGuire reported he was on patrol around 5:20 p.m. on March 8 when a Jeep Cherokee ran a red light right in front of him on Greenwich Avenue. He said he immediately pulled the Jeep over and asked for the driver’s papers. The driver said he didn’t have any identification on him but told him his name was Ronald Bridges and gave his date of birth. He said a check revealed that there was a warrant out for a Richard Bridges with the same date of birth and McGuire asked dispatch to clarify. Dispatch said it turned out that there are twins, with the same birth dates, but that Richard Bridges had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. With no identification to go by, McGuire arrested the man he stopped, who said his name was Ronald, and was about to head into headquarters when the man admitted he was actually Richard and he didn’t use his real name because he knew there were warrants out for him and that he didn’t have a driver’s license. Richard Bridges, 27, of 85 Wendell St. in Providence was later released on $1,000 surety bail.
Officer Gilda Fortier stopped a car for doing 45 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone on Warwick Avenue March 7. She said she pulled it over in the Honey Dew Donuts parking lot. She said the driver claimed she didn’t have a license on her but Fortier learned it was actually suspended and there was a warrant out for her for simple assault in Providence. Latoya C. Robinson, 34, of 106 Barrows St. in Providence was charged with driving on a suspended license and later picked up by the Providence Police.
Officer Kevin McGuire reported he was on patrol around 8:15 p.m. on March 3 when he came upon an SUV that was “fully engulfed in flames” at the traffic light at Toll Gate and Bald Hill Roads. He had dispatch send firefighters while he put his car behind the vehicle and directed traffic around it. He said he found a woman in the parking lot of Town Fair Tire who told him what happened. She said she was leaving work at PetSmart about five minutes before when she smelled smoke coming from the vents of the car that suddenly got thicker and she stopped at the red light to check the vehicle. She said she saw flames coming from beneath the driver’s seat just before the BMW X3 burst into flames. She said she retreated to the parking lot and called 911.
THE COST, TO A TEE
Officer Kevin McGuire reported a larceny from a car in a driveway on Long Street sometime between Feb. 28 and March 3, his golf bag and all his clubs went missing from the trunk of his car. The owner told McGuire he must have left the car open because there was no damage to it. He said he last saw the clubs on Saturday and discovered them missing on Monday. McGuire said the man provided him with and itemize list of the contents of his orange Callaway bag that added up to $3,353.88.
Officer Brian Murray was at the Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall on March 6 to take custody of a shoplifting suspect. He said he got a call about a shoplifting in progress around 11:40 a.m. and was waiting in the lot when a loss prevention agent chased the suspect into the arms of police, who returned him to the store where loss prevention prepared a receipt listing all of the items the suspect was said to have taken. It included GPS units, headphones, a battery charger, a man’s hat and “a bunch of men’s underwear” worth a total of $477.76. Luis Poveda, 47, of 85 Centre St. in Pawtucket was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer James Pettit reported he was on patrol around 1:45 a.m. on March 5 when he clocked a car doing 68 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone on Bald Hill Road. He said he advised the woman why he stopped her and noticed that there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath and she looked intoxicated. He said he asked her out of the car for a field sobriety test and noticed that she was unsteady on her feet.
He said he was administering the nystagmus test and told her to focus on the tip of his finger and she said, “I can see it, and I can also see that you’re married.” He said she told him she was having “the worst day of my life” as he was giving her instructions. He said she failed the test and he took her to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Angela Vaughn, 27, of 3883 Mendon Rd. in Cumberland was charged with DUI and refusal, speeding and laned roadway violations. She was later released to a sober adult.
Officer James Michailides reported he was parked across the street from the Bank of America on West Shore Road around 9:50 p.m. when a car flew by at a high rate of speed. He said he pulled out to follow it as it slammed on its brakes and cut onto Warwick Avenue and pulled away from him at around 80 miles per hour and swerved from lane to lane without directionals. He said he pulled it over near 1070 Warwick Avenue and noticed that the woman driving had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her. He said she knocked over a cup as she got out of the car for a field sobriety test. He said the driver was unable to do any of the field sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Bonnie J. Finnegan, 55, of 88 Magnolia St. in Cranston was charged with speeding, laned roadway violations, no directionals, presence of alcohol in a vehicle, operating without proof of insurance, DUI and refusal. She was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported watching an SUV swerve all over Post Road before it almost collided with another vehicle and was pulled over. He said the driver looked drunk and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. Ryan J. Early, 29, of 40 Williams St. in Coventry was charged with laned roadway violations, DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.