Police Log - 01/23/20

Posted 1/23/20

DUI Just after 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, Officer Steven D. Moretti was conducting a patrol northbound on Warwick Avenue when he observed a vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed. Moretti clocked the vehicle at 72 mph in a 35 mph zone, at which

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Police Log - 01/23/20

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DUI

Just after 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, Officer Steven D. Moretti was conducting a patrol northbound on Warwick Avenue when he observed a vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed.

Moretti clocked the vehicle at 72 mph in a 35 mph zone, at which point he reversed directions to pursue it. He reports observing the vehicle “cross over the dashed white lines multiple times and continue at a high rate of speed.”

The vehicle pulled over in the area of Stillwater Drive and Moretti made contact with its operator, who was said to have exhibited “bloodshot and watery” eyes and slurred his speech. The officer additionally reports detecting an odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle’s interior.

The operator is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol that night and agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed.

Brian C. Friend, 37, Middleborough, Massachusetts, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have consented to a chemical breath test, which reportedly found his blood alcohol content to be significantly above the legal limit.

Friend was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for speeding and a laned roadway violation.

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Shortly before 1 a.m. on Jan. 12, Officer Zachary J. Black was conducting a patrol southbound on Greenwich Avenue when he observed a silver 2010 Nissan traveling behind him without its driver’s-side headlamp illuminated.

Black allowed the vehicle pass before initiating a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Greenwich and East avenues. He made contact with the operator and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the man’s breath. The operator is additionally said to have exhibited “moderately bloodshot” eyes.

The operator is said to have told the officer he was driving home from a bar in Warwick. The man is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which proved inconclusive.

Black reports he determined the operator was unfit to drive. He requested a supervisor at the scene, and Sgt. John Choquette responded. The sergeant then advised that a portable breath test be brought to the scene. The operator is said to have submitted to the portable breath test, which reportedly found his blood alcohol content to be significantly above the legal limit.

Michael C. Alessandro, 48, 250 Highland Corporate Drive, Cumberland, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Alessandro was later released into the custody of a sober adult with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test and display of headlamps required.

SHOPLIFTING

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2019, Officer Sara L. Goes responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road to speak with loss prevention personnel regarding a previous shoplifting incident.

At the scene, a loss prevention officer told Goes that officers had responded to the store for a shoplifting incident on Dec. 19. The male suspect in that incident had left the scene in a vehicle.

The loss prevention officer provided Goes with additional information, including security camera footage of the suspect and a list of nearly $120 worth of merchandise involved.

The suspect was subsequently identified and a warrant issued for his arrest on a charge of shoplifting.

On Jan. 15 at approximately 7:35 a.m., John M. Petronsky, 33, 13 Riverdale Ave., West Warwick, turned himself in on the warrant at Warwick Police headquarters. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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Just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 13, Officer Paris L. Norwood responded to the Walmart at 840 Post Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.

At the scene, a loss prevention officer advised Norwood that a woman who was a known shoplifter had been observed inside the store. The woman is said to have concealed multiple pairs of shoes and other items inside a large, black purse before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay.

The woman was then seen entering a black Honda Accord operated by a man who was also known to store personnel as a shoplifter. The vehicle left the scene and was not located during a search of the area.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

Just before 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, Officer Aaron L. Steere was traveling south on Post Road in the area of the Airport Connector when he observed a gray 2013 Honda with dark, after-market tint on its rear and side windows.

As Steere positioned his cruiser to initiate a stop, the vehicle is said to have “made an erratic right turn” into a vacant parking lot, driving over a gravel divider and pulling into a space before its two occupants attempted to exit in a “hurried manner.”

Steere pulled behind the vehicle, ordered the occupants back inside and called for backup. A records check found that the vehicle’s operator had a suspended license and had been charged with operating with a suspended license on multiple previous occasions, at least two of which had resulted in convictions.

Jomahrie F. Wilson, 25, 306 West Ave., Apt. 2, Pawtucket, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court and cited for illegal use of sunscreen material.

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Shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, Officer Walter C. Larson was conducting a patrol on Post Road when he observed a 2005 Infiniti G35X traveling south in the area of Potters Avenue. A records check revealed the vehicle’s registration was suspended and its plates were associated with a Toyota.

Larson initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator, who was found through a records check to have a suspended license and two previous convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Jonathan R. Carr, 24, 5 Packard Ave., Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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