A driver who recently told officers, “Yeah, I bumped into her car. I’m sorry,” was recently arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to police reports, on March 3 at approximately 4:42 p.m., Officer Stephen Major was dispatched to the parking lot of Providence Cycle on Lambert Lind Highway in reference to a motor vehicle accident. At the scene he met with a driver who stated that a white Ford Focus backed up into her vehicle causing damage to the rear driver’s side quarter and jostling the car enough to cause an injury to her skin.
Officer Major then made contact with the second driver, identified as Alan Giraitis, 56, of 32 Seamans Street, Apt. 2 in Providence. Giraitis’ car was running but he was seated in the passenger seat with the car door open. The vehicle had backed up on top of landscaping at a crooked angle. Giraitis apologized for hitting the other driver’s car, and the officer noted that his speech was severely slurred and that the pupils of his eyes were as small as pinheads.
When asked why he was seated on the passenger’s side, Giraitis said he was more comfortable there. When he stood, he was very unsteady and swayed from left to right. Giraitis said that he had taken a few 800 mg pills of ibuprofen. He was also unable to produce his registration and insurance from the vehicle.
Officer Major attempted to find the documentation in the car, and while doing so detected what he thought was the faint odor of burned marijuana. Giraitis denied that he had smoked marijuana that day and said that he was on “pain pills” but could not provide a drug name or dosage. When asked if he had taken too many, he stated, “Maybe I did, but they are just pain pills.” Officer Major noted that the more he interacted with Giraitis, the more apparent it became that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Giraitis agreed to take a series of field sobriety tests. Based on the officer’s experience and training, his interactions with Giraitis and the motor vehicle accident he caused, it was determined that he was unfit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. During transport, he told the officer he had four glasses of wine with dinner. A search of his car also found marijuana residue inside an ashtray.
At the station, Giraitis told officers that his brother worked at the Pentagon and that all of this would “go away anyways.” He later refused to take a chemical breathalyzer test. Giraitis was issued a citation for driving under the influence, first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was later released to a sober adult.
On March 5 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Officer Tammy Mello met with a complainant at police headquarters in reference to identity fraud.
The woman told Officer Mello that she had recently been contacted by Kohl’s department store regarding recent activity on her store charge card. While she hadn’t used the card in the previous year, the store had noticed three recent charges. Kohl’s informed the woman that a call was made to her as the customer who made the transactions did not have a card with them but gave her a Social Security number to access the account.
The three transactions conducted at Kohl’s stores in Seekonk and North Andover, Mass. and at Salem, N.H., totaled $1,421.22. Another credit card was fraudulently opened at Ginny’s Inc. and a transaction for $171.98 was completed. The victim would like to press charges if a suspect is found.
While on routine patrol in the parking lot between Burlington and Sears at Rhode Island Mall on March 5 around 4:14 p.m., Officer Christian Vargas heard a female yelling in the parking lot. Officer Vargas recognized the woman as a member of Burlington’s loss prevention team.
The associate was yelling and pointing westbound stating that someone had just stolen items from the store and heard her give a description of the suspect. Officer Vargas then caught up with the suspect, who immediately stated, “That lady just grabbed my bag and somebody’s chasing me.”
The officer asked the woman if she had shoplifted something and stated that she might have. The woman was cooperative and was identified as Ivy Decena, 31, of 18 Aspin Drive in Cranston. She did not have her identification on her as her purse had been left at Burlington.
The loss prevention associate then arrived and identified the woman as the suspect who had left the store after allegedly taking items. The associate informed the officer that the taken items, along with the suspect’s purse, were back at the store.
Decena was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. There, according to the report, she admitted to shoplifting items from Burlington and it was later determined that items taken from Walmart were also in her bag.
Decena was charged with receiving stolen goods for the Walmart merchandise and misdemeanor shoplifting. She was issued a court summons and later released.
On March 4 around 1:17 p.m. Officer Aaron Steere was on patrol in the area of Post Road and the Airport Connecter when he observed a pick-up style vehicle traveling southbound on Post Road with a passenger license plate. As this style vehicle usually requires a combination or commercial registration, he initiated a traffic stop.
A check of the DMV database revealed the plate did not match the vehicle, and the officer made contact with the driver, identified as Nathan John Silvia, 40, of 24 Wadsworth Street in Warwick. Silvia advised the officer that he had recently purchased the vehicle but did not provide a proper bill of sale or title.
Background checks of Silvia revealed that he had a suspended license. He was issued a court summons for driving on a suspended license, second offense and was issued a warning for improper use of registration. He was released at the scene while a licensed operator took control of the vehicle.