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DUI Charges, Stolen Chainsaw Top Police Reports

DUI Charges, Stolen Chainsaw Top Police Reports

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police arrested several drivers on driving under the influence (DUI) charges this week. 

Little Compton man mistakes ATM card for license

James Bradford Pelletier, 18, of 35 Old Stone Church Road, Little Compton, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2:27 a.m. after a traffic stop on East Main Road at Bramans Lane. Pelletier was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

A police officer on patrol heard screeching tires coming from a vehicle and spotted (seconds later) a vehicle traveling northbound at the intersection of East Main Road and Bramans Lane. The officer spotted the vehicle, a 2003 Sebring Chevrolet, cross completely over the double yellow lines into southbound lanes of travel and back to the northbound lanes. The Sebring then turned onto Moitoza Lane before the vehicle was stopped by police.

According to the police report, the driver said he was “just trying to get home” and had not been drinking. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot, watery and glassy. The driver’s speech was slurred and mumbled, according to police.

Pelletier, when asked for his license, allegedly pulled out his ATM bank card and then his license. After failing a field sobriety test, he later told police he only had a couple of beers and had been at a holiday Christmas party for work at Tickets in Middletown, according to the police report.

Bristol man charged with DUI

Robert Scott Huggins, 26, of 162 Thames St., Apt. 4, Bristol, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 1:34 a.m. after a traffic stop on East Main Road at Immokolee Drive. Huggins was charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police observed a vehicle traveling at 46 mph in a 25-mph zone.

The vehicle was seen swerving significantly in the travel lane. Police stopped the vehicle on Turnpike Avenue near Bristol Ferry Road. Police observed the driver’s eyes appeared watery and glassy, and detected a strong odor of alcohol.

Huggins allegedly told police he consumed 4 beers at a “company outing.” He refused a chemical test at the police station.

Newport woman charged with DUI

Nicole Elise Young, 22, of 380 Broadway, Newport, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 2:36 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed along Route 24 south near the weigh station. According to police, the radar detected the vehicle traveling at 79 mph in a 50-mph zone. Police stopped the vehicle on Turnpike Avenue near Sprague Street.

The driver, identified as Young, allegedly told police she was at a dinner at Nikolas Pizza in Newport. Police say the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery, and her speech was mumbled and slurred. Police also detected an odor of alcohol. Young allegedly told police she had a glass of wine at dinner. Young refused a chemical test at the police station.

Stolen chainsaw found 

Andrew W. Awe, 30, of 3 Early St., Portsmouth, was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 1:24 p.m. after a traffic stop. According to police, Awe was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Newport police. He was also charged with receiving stolen goods, a misdemeanor.

Portsmouth police observed several construction equipment in the back of his vehicle. A chainsaw among the equipment was later determined to have been stolen from a location in Tiverton. Awe was later turned over to the custody of Newport police.  

Portsmouth woman charged with DUI

Jacklyn Grace Almeida, 31, of 897 Middle Road, Portsmouth, was arrested on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1:04 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

According to a police report, an officer traveling southbound on East Main Road observed a white SUV drift to the right over the fog line and ride up onto a small curb. The vehicle then swerved back to the lane of travel. Police stopped the vehicle near Berroth Court.

According to police, the driver, identified as Almeida, stated she was on her way home from The Beach House bar. She allegedly told police she had consumed 4 drinks. Police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol, and her eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy.

Officers noticed a crutch in the passenger seat. Almeida told police she sustained an ankle injury last week. Due to the injury, she was unable to walk or stand during the field sobriety test, according to police. Almeida also told police she was unable submit to a Breathalyzer test due to a medical condition. She attempted 3 tries, but was unable to provide a successful Breathalyzer sample, according to police. Almeida refused a chemical test at the police station.

Fall River man arrested on warrant

Richard John Cabral, 56, of 204 Rock St., Apt. 7, Fall River, MA, was arrested on Dec. 9 at 11:53 a.m. after a traffic stop. Cabral was wanted on a Superior Court bench warrant.

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