Warwick Police Log
The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer Paul Wells reported a Ford pickup truck gone missing from Car Parts Inc. on Chestnut Street on Jan. 25. The manager of the company said they last saw the truck the day before, behind the business, but when they went to use it that morning they noticed it was gone. The manager told Wells he had already checked with his employees and no one checked it out or borrowed the vehicle from the company. The 2003 Ford F-250 was entered into the system as stolen and the report was forwarded to detectives. No suspects or witnesses.
A customer at the Smokey Bones restaurant on Universal Boulevard told police he came to dinner around 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 25 and came out an hour later to find that the rear driver’s side window was smashed and the $1,500 Lenovo work laptop was missing. There were no witnesses or suspects. The report was forwarded to detectives.
A guest at the Holiday Inn Express on Jefferson Boulevard told police he left his work van in the front parking lot of the Inn overnight on Jan. 23 and came down the next day to find that someone had smashed the passenger side window out and stolen two HP laptops worth $3,000 each; a projector that was used with the laptops that cost $1,000, an Apple iPod worth $800 and a GPS mount. There were no suspects or witnesses but the hotel said security would be reviewing their surveillance system for any leads. The report was forwarded to detectives.
Officer Scott Chanthaphouvong went to the JC Penney store in the Warwick Mall on Jan. 25 to take custody of a Middletown woman charged with stealing $654 worth Sephora products and jewelry then went into a women’s bathroom and concealed the items on her person before leaving the store by the catalog department without paying for the concealed goods. Kristen M. Hall, 29, of 36 Green End Ave. in Middletown was charged with shoplifting and later released from headquarters with a summons for District Court.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Officer Michael DiNardo said he got a tip about a possible drunk driver on Airport Road around 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 26. He said the car was reportedly heading toward Hoxsie Four Corners and was being followed by a witness who was providing updates. DiNardo said he found the vehicle on Fuller Street stopped in the middle of an intersection and pulled it over at Ardway Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and had a large wet stain in the area of his crotch when he got out of the Dodge Durango. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. James J. Johnston, 53, of 202 Blanchard Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Andrew Gilmartin reported he was on patrol around 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 24 when he was dispatched to the Hess station on Airport Road for a report of a drunk driver there. He said he arrived at the scene and learned that the stop was really at Dave’s Marketplace and Officer Randy Francis, who stopped the driver, turned the investigation over to Gilmartin. He said the driver appeared to be drunk, spoke with a slur and smelled of alcohol. He said the driver was unable to safely complete a field sobriety test and the driver was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Hugh J. Vaughn, 69, of 277 Narragansett Pkwy. in Warwick, was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported stopping a car on Jefferson Boulevard around 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 18 after he noticed that one of its rear wheels had apparently separated from the axle and was traveling at a 45-degree angle from the car. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and admitted she had a couple of drinks. He said he asked about the wheel and she told him it just made a thump and got wobbly while she was driving in Route 95. He said she told him she called a friend at that point and the friend advised her to drive home. He said the damage to the car indicated that there had been some sort of accident. He said the mirror was missing from the passenger side and there was “mud, dirt, and debris” over all four rims of the car yet the woman denied going off the road at any time. He said he gave the woman a field sobriety test that she failed. He said Sonya Priest, 23, of 171 Anthony St. in Fall River was taken to headquarters were she refused a breath test. She was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Sarkisian reported he was on patrol around 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 20 when he saw a car doing about 45 mph on Main Avenue while the road was covered with snow and snow was still falling. He said he pulled the car over and was told by the driver that she was coming from work at Fantasy, a Providence nightclub, and he could detect a strong odor of alcohol coming from her. He said she appeared to be intoxicated and there was a pill bottle on the console of the vehicle but the woman denied taking any medication that night. Carla Boutros, 32, of 22A Vista Cir. in North Kingstown was charged with DUI, second offense, refusal and speeding. Sarkisian said she had a prior record of pleading nolo to drunk driving in July of last year and having her license suspended for the three months, 10 hours of community service and three month of DUI school.
Officer Joshua Myer reported he was on patrol around 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 19 when he estimated a car was going around 70 mph on Route 2 and followed it as it cut across three lanes of traffic to enter the Rhode Island Mall. He said he followed the car around the lower parking lot of the Walmart store until it drove to the loading dock of the store. He said he asked her what she was doing in the parking lot and she said she was there to pickup her brother who worked at the store. He said she smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be under the influence. He said the woman failed a field sobriety test and began to resist when he told her she was under arrest and yelled to her sister, who was a passenger in the car, to help her. Myer said her sister appeared to be highly intoxicated and could barely walk and began yelling and screaming at the officers until she fell down and was escorted to the curb, where she waited until an officer gave her a ride home. Myer said Robyn A. Lavallee, 46, of 6 Prospect Ct. in Cranston was charged with DUI, refusal and resisting arrest and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Rose Michel reported she was dispatched to New London Avenue a round 2:25 a.m. on Jan. 15 for an accident and found a female driver who was leaning on a West Warwick police car when she arrived. She said she smelled of alcohol, was swaying on her feet and grabbed her arm several time to maintain her balance as she spoke with Michel. She said the woman confessed she did not know how her car got into the ditch with its rear end caught on a guardrail. Michel said she asked the driver if she would take a field sobriety test and she refused and said, “What for if I’m wasted?” Paula J. Hartley, 46, of 40 Oak St. in Cranston was taken to headquarters where she refused a breath test. She was charged with DUI, refusal and failure to maintain control of her vehicle. She also got a ticket for no proof of insurance. She was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Christopher Lo reported he was on patrol with Officer Randy Francis around 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 22 when they were dispatched to an accident at 941 West Shore Rd. He said a green pickup truck had collided with a telephone pole and a man was shoveling snow from between the pole and the truck. He said the man appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol. He said he gave a field sobriety test to Keith A. Lincoln, 39, of 598 Reservoir Ave. in Cranston and he failed it. He said Lincoln began to yell and scream and informed Officer Francis and Lo about how a ‘Vietnam veteran’ should be treated. Lo said Lincoln continued to yell at him and other officers throughout the whole processing and refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DUI and refusal and failure to maintain control of his vehicle.