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Man Charged With DUI After Alleged Hit and Run

Editor’s Note: Story below includes masked vulgarity

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Portsmouth man was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Saturday after an alleged hit and run involving a red Mitsubishi Eclipse and another vehicle on Sprague Street. No injuries were reported, according to Portsmouth police

Ryan Patrick Andrews, 34, of 4 Third St., Portsmouth, was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 26, and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), first offense, and duty to stop, accident resulting in damage to attended vehicle (hit and run).

Police were called to Bristol Ferry Road for a reported hit and run collision. A Portsmouth woman was backing out of her friend’s driveway on Sprague Street when a red Mitsubishi apparently crashed into the rear of her vehicle before driving away, she told police.  

A witness told police he saw a man with a dark-colored shirt and khaki pants exit the vehicle and flee on foot through a backyard of a nearby house on Bristol Ferry Road. Police soon found an unoccupied red Mitsubishi Eclipse with front-end damage in the area of the Sunny Acres trailer park.

Police eventually tracked down the vehicle’s owner and visited the house. Appearing through the window, officers say they witnessed a man, later identified as Andrews, fall onto the floor. He appeared highly intoxicated and unable to stand on his own, police said.

Officers also detected a strong odor of alcohol, according to police reports. 

Andrews allegedly told police he crashed his car and wanted to know if anyone was injured. “Andrews continued to ask if anyone was injured multiple times throughout the process,” according to police reports.

Andrews allegedly told police he drank 10 beers and was on his way home. He was later transported to the Portsmouth police headquarters, where he took a chemical (Breathalyzer) test, according to police reports. His Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was recorded at 0.227 for the first sample and 0.207 on the second sample. 

After the two samples, Andrews allegedly stated out loud “Wow, I’m fu**ing lit.” The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.


Police arrest Massachusetts man after finding knife 

A Massachusetts man was arrested Sunday, Nov. 27, at 10:46 a.m. after a traffic stop on West Main Road at Turkey Hill. 

Angel Alberto Archilla, 22, of 380 North St., Randolph, MA, was arrested and charged with the following: weapons other than firearms prohibited (a misdemeanor), resisting legal or illegal arrest, and operation of an unregistered vehicle.

A police cruiser operated by Sgt. Stephen C. Burns was traveling north on West Main Road Sunday with two vehicles in front of him. One of the vehicles abruptly changed lanes to the left lane.

According to police reports, there was not enough space to make the change safely. The vehicle was then stopped by the officer. 

The vehicle operator was identified as Teuddy Offarril, 19, of Lynn, MA, who allegedly began to argue he was “only stopped because he was Spanish.”

Police say they detected the scent of marijuana. Both Offarril and his passenger, Archilla began to yell, according to police reports.

The operator and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the passenger revealed a closed black folding knife of 6 to 8-inches long, according to police. It is illegal in Rhode Island to carry a pocket knife of more than 3 inches. 

Archilla allegedly began to pull his arms away and turn toward the officer. He was arrested and charged. The operator of the vehicle, Offarril, was also cited with the following: operating a vehicle without proof of insurance, operating an unregistered vehicle, no brake light, intervals between vehicle, and having a passenger without a seat belt.


Portsmouth woman arrested for alleged fight with relative

A Portsmouth woman was arrested Sunday, Nov. 27, at 8:11 p.m. after an alleged fight with a relative. 

Jennifer Jane Carruba, 36, of 22 Morgan St., Portsmouth, was arrested and charged with domestic, simple assault, after an alleged fight at a residence on Cottage Avenue. According to police, a neighbor called officers after a Portsmouth woman claimed she was involved in a fight. 

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