DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Nov. 15 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Officer Justin Martin and Officer Jamey Petit were dispatched to the Honey Dew Donuts at 141 Veterans Memorial Drive for the report of a possible intoxicated driver. Dispatch advised a silver SUV had driven over a curb and the operator parked in front of the store then almost fell over when getting out of the vehicle.
Officer Martin observed an older white male, later identified as Roger Beaulieu, 69, of 1 Stephanie Drive in Coventry, standing by the trunk of the SUV. Beaulieu said he had struck a curb earlier when driving through Apponaug and had pulled into Honey Dew to change his tire. Officer Martin observed Beaulieu to be swaying and stumbling as he was walking around. Beaulieu said he was coming from a friend’s house in Buttonwoods.
While speaking, Officer Martin observed Beaulieu had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, in addition to his balancing issues. When asked if he had anything to drink, Beaulieu said he has two beers at a bar in Providence and that he left the bar around 10:30 p.m. to go to his friend’s house. He later said to the officer that “my friends offered me to stay at their house because they did not want me to drive.” When the officer asked why Beaulieu responded “because I had been drinking.”
Officer Martin then conducted multiple field sobriety tests, all of which Beaulieu was unable to perform. Based on his observations, Officer Martin placed Beaulieu under arrest for driving under the influence. Beaulieu was charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical breathalyzer, first offense. He was issued a district court summons and was released to a sober adult.
On Nov. 10 at approximately 11:53 p.m., Officer Randy Bell was on patrol traveling westbound on Route 37 when he observed a 2008 Suzuki traveling at 70 miles per hour for over half a mile. Officer Bell conducted a traffic stop and learned the operator, Donny Rincon, 18, of 284 Indiana Ave. in Providence, was wanted for a domestic warrant out of Providence. Rincon was taken into custody without incident and upon return to Warwick Police Headquarters was issued a citation for speeding and a court date for December.
On Nov. 14 at approximately 11:40 a.m., Officer Thomas Greene and Officer Derek Mourato were dispatched to the Sunoco gas station at 1710 West Shore Road for the report of a disturbance in the parking lot.
Upon arrival, officers met with Jose Castro and Jesse Chakouian, 23, of 100 Anthony St. in East Providence. The subjects were riding in a rented U-Haul truck and had inadvertently blocked another vehicle. Castro stated he and the other operator began arguing, and the blocked operator phoned the police. After running all subjects through their database, it was revealed Chakouian had a Superior Court bench warrant.
Chakouian was placed into handcuffs and taken to Warwick Police Headquarters where he was booked, processed and given a phone call. He was then transported to Superior Court and turned over for his warrant.
On Nov. 14 at approximately 2:37 p.m., Officer Derek Mourato was traveling on Veterans Memorial Drive when he observed a black pickup truck traveling through the rotary. The operator, later identified as Stephen Anthony Assante, 47, of 33 South Bennett Drive, in Johnston, was observed to be talking on a cell phone, not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle had a cracked windshield. Upon running a check of the vehicle, it was also determined the plates were suspended and did not match the vehicle.
When approached by Officer Mourato following a traffic stop, Assante admitted his license was also suspended, which Mourato learned would be his third offense for a suspended license. The truck was towed from the scene and Assante was cuffed and transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, where he was issued a summons for driving on a suspended license, third offense, and assigned a court date in December. He was also issued summonses for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and for not wearing a seatbelt, for which he was assigned an RI Traffic Tribunal court date.
DRIVING WITHOUT LICENSE
On Nov. 16 at approximately 10:28 p.m., Sergeant Jed Pineau was traveling east on Airport Road when he observed a Buick traveling in front of him drifting to the right and crossing over the white fog line several times. He initiated a traffic stop near 541 Airport Road.
The driver, identified as Stanley Palmer, 38, of 88 Woodward Ave. in Providence, told Pineau he was looking down at his GPS device and that he may have drifted to the side in doing so. He apologized and stated he did not have a valid Rhode Island license, nor had he ever had a valid license. A check confirmed that he had no license and had previous convictions of driving without a license in 2003 and 2004.
Palmer was taken into police headquarters on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license, third offense, and issued a summons to appear in court for January.
On Nov. 11 at approximately 3:17 p.m., Officer Anthony D’Abrosca was dispatched to Wal-Mart at 650 Bald Hill Road on the report of a shoplifting. Upon meeting with the loss prevention officer, Officer D’Abrosca learned a suspect, later identified as Danielle Feather, 25, of 507 Washington St. in Coventry, was observed on security to be “looking around a lot and walking very fast.”
Feather allegedly went throughout the store selecting various merchandise and placing it in a cart. She then reportedly took a tote bag and concealed all the merchandise in it and made her way to the men’s department, where she selected clothes and concealed them in a Wal-Mart bag. She then headed towards the garden center exit, passing all points of sale without attempting to pay. An asset protection associate approached Feather and escorted her back into the loss prevention office, to which Feather complied.
The store recovered 26 items from Feather, amounting to $361.49. Wal-Mart decided to pursue charges against Feather, who was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and issued a summons.
On Nov. 9 at approximately 3:20 p.m., Officer James Wenneman was dispatched to 101 Venturi Ave. for the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, Officer Wenneman made contact with Stephen King (no relation), who reported that he was a landscaper and was working across the street from the address, identified as Edgewood Galleries. King parked in the lot across the street at approximately 1:30 p.m. to begin working. He left sight of his trailer, which had his $650 Redmax backpack leaf blower inside.
When King returned to the area around 2:30 p.m., the leaf blower was gone. He waited to see if the business owner of the gallery could let him access the surveillance video cameras, which he was able to do through a smartphone. The footage showed a black Infinity with tinted windows and chrome trim, possibly with a rear spoiler, pull up next to King’s trailer. It appeared to show a male suspect take the leaf blower off the trailer and place it into the car, proceeding to flee the area. Unfortunately, the footage was not clear enough to obtain a license plate number.
No witnesses have come forward and no additional information was provided at this time.
On Nov. 16 at approximately 1:58 p.m., Officer Michael Walker responded to 1077 Toll Gate Road for the report of stolen rims and tires.
Upon arrival, Officer Walker spoke with the property owner, identified as Richard Barrette, who said some rims were taken from the property overnight some time between Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. A total of four rims and tires were taken from the front of his business. They were described as three aluminum, 15-inch wheels for a Jeep, valued at approximately $300.
Security cameras on the property captured a suspicious truck parked in front of the business at 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 16. The truck appeared to be a full-size truck with roof lights on top of the vehicle. Footprints were also visible in the snow in front of the business. Barrette said he wished to press charges if the suspect is identified.