DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Aug. 26 at approximately 5:45 a.m. multiple officers responded to the report of a possible DUI in progress in the area of Sunoco on Post Rd. It was reported that a highly intoxicated man went into the station before driving off towards the highway in his white BMW.
Officer Ali Jaafar got onto Rte. 95 North and found the white BMW with the same license plate as described driving erratically and faster than the speed limit.
He pulled the car over on the highway and identified the driver as Jason Graham, 29, of 256 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, Mass. He and his female passenger had both just lit cigarettes in the car as the officer walked up to it. Graham’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred, and when asked if he drank anything that night he kept saying “I’ll be honest with you,” but never said how much he had to drink.
Graham consented to a series of field sobriety tests, two of which indicated impairment and one that he refused to participate in.
Graham was placed in handcuffs without incident and brought to police headquarters.
Upon checking his record, it was found that Graham had an extensive criminal record with multiple Possession with Intent charges and a recent Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Commit Murder.
Graham also had a GPS bracelet around his ankle at the time.
Graham refused to submit to a B.A.C. test. Graham was charged with Driving Under the Influence – 1st Offense, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test – 1st Offense, and Laned Roadway Violations. He was held as a probation and bail violator.
On Aug. 25 Lieutenant Eric Falcofsky met with a larceny victim who came into police headquarters to report the incident. The woman said she was at the Knights of Columbus the previous night when she realized her purse was missing. She did not know if it was stolen or not, but knew it happened there. She had returned to the Knights and it was not returned that day.
The items in her purse that were taken along with it included: $130 in cash, a $100 wristlet, $100 of assorted gift cards, her debit/credit cards, and her driver’s license. There were no suspects the time and the report was forwarded to detectives.
On Aug. 26 at approximately 1:28 p.m. Officer Rose Michel responded to the La Quinta Inn on Jefferson Blvd. for the report of larceny from a vehicle.
The reporting party said she had parked her vehicle that morning in the parking lot and that it was left unlocked. When she returned to her vehicle, her makeup, two pairs of outfits, and a phone charger had been taken from the car.
The total value of the items stolen was $565, which includes the duffle bag that the items were in.
There was not surveillance footage of the parking lot and a search of the area did not find anything. There were also no visible fingerprints on the vehicle. A written statement was taken.
On Aug. 29 at approximately 12:24 p.m. Officer Derek Mourato pulled over a car on Centerville Rd. because the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The driver was identified as Martin Abreu, 30, of 96 Lawrence St. in Cranston. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle and asked Abreu if he had more marijuana in the car, to which he said that he ate it.
Checks on Abreu revealed that he was driving a suspended license and he also had several previous charges for possession of narcotics and manufacture/delivery as well.
Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found a bag of marijuana, which later weighed in at three grams.
Abreu was issued court summons for Possession of Marijuana, Once Ounce or Less, 18 Years or Older, as well as Driving on suspended License 2nd Offense and No Seat Belt – Operator.
On Aug. 24 at approximately 8:03 a.m. Officer Christian Vargas responded to St. Paul’s Church on Greenwich Ave. for the report of property damage and larceny. The reporting party said that the door to storage shed in the back of the property had been broken. Due to what the scene looked like, it appeared that a vehicle had struck the door multiple times in an attempt to break it. The value of damage was $500 and nothing was stolen from the shed. There was no video surveillance footage on the property and there were no suspects at the time. A report was taken.
On Aug. 29 at approximately 4:16 p.m. Officer Brian Murray responded to the Walmart at the Rhode Island Mall for a male shoplifter in custody with asset protection.
The shoplifter was identified as Joseph Petrella, 61, of 7 Church St. in West Warwick. The asset protection employee said he observed Patrella take a variety of items from the electronics, hardware, and automotive departments and conceal them in his pants. The merchandise, which was later totally valued at $277.69, included a pair of binoculars and a Cobra scanner. He left the store without paying, and was then taken back in without incident.
Petrella was taken to police headquarters, where he was charged with one count of Shoplifting – Misdemeanor and released with a court summons.
On Aug. 28 at approximately 12:19 a.m. Officer Alfred Silveira conducted a traffic stop on a car with no front plate and heavily tinted windows that was going into the Motel 6 parking lot on Jefferson Blvd.
After running checks on all of the occupants on the car, the officer found that one of the passengers, identified as Mendez Alexander, 32, of 43 Lancashire St. in Providence, had a bench warrant out on him from District Court for failing to appear at a pre-trial conference for driving with a suspended license.
Mendez was taken to police headquarters without incident and later transported to the A.C.I. to be held on the warrant.
On Aug. 26 at approximately 8:06 p.m. Officer Brian Chianese conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding in the area of East Ave. off of the highway. The vehicle was also driving erratically across lanes and almost caused an accident with other vehicles.
System checks of the vehicle revealed that the plate was not found in the RILETS system.
The driver was identified as Norberto Perez Vidal, 36, of 302 Pontiac Ave. Apt. #1 in Cranston. Checks on Vidal revealed that he had a warrant out on him and so he was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to police headquarters, where he was issued court summons for Operation of Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Laned Roadway Violation, and Speeding.
He was later picked up by Providence Police, who had the warrant out for him.