DUI charges top Portsmouth police reports this week

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI) charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week. Featured below are reports from this past week’s arrests. 

 

Déjà utility pole

Two different vehicles struck two separate utility poles on Sunday, Feb. 12, during snowy conditions. 

The first vehicle, a 2014 Hyundai operated by a Portsmouth woman, struck a utility pole at 4:03 p.m. on Cory’s Lane near the Portsmouth Abbey ice rink. According to police, the road was covered with snow at the time. No injuries were reported. The utility pole was also not damaged. 

A second vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 truck operated by a Middletown man, struck a utility pole at 2:39 p.m. at West Main Road near Freeborn Street. The truck sustained heavy front-end damage, according to police. The driver told police he lost control of the vehicle and it spun out, striking the pole. The driver was transported by the Portsmouth Fire Department to Newport Hospital for a medical evaluation. National Grid was also notified about the pole, which sustained damage. 

 

Portsmouth woman charged with obstruction

Erin M. Sullivan, 34, of 114 Taylor Road, Portsmouth, was charged on Feb. 16 at 11:57 a.m. with obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. Sullivan allegedly gave a false name to police for an accident, which occurred on Aug. 29 in Portsmouth. Sullivan received a court summons to appear in Second District Court on Feb. 23.

 

Portsmouth man charged with willful trespass

David William Gallagher, 33, of 42 Island Ave., Portsmouth, was arrested on Feb. 16 at 11:26 a.m. and charged with willful trespass.

Police were dispatched to a house on Douglas Avenue for a report of people looking into a nearby vacant residence. Upon arrival, police discovered a silver Toyota sedan parked in front of a house. Two females were in the truck. One woman told police Gallagher had entered the vacant residence to “look around.” Gallagher then exited the front door. 

He told police he entered the house to “look around in case he thought of purchasing the residence,” according to police reports. Police observed footprints in the snow leading up to the window. Gallagher told police he had removed an air conditioner from the window to enter the house.

 

New Bedford woman charged with DUI

Karen Ann Lopez, 59, of 80 Cedar St., New Bedford, MA, was arrested on Feb. 14 at 10:16 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, alcohol, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

An officer on patrol was traveling northbound on Feb. 14 at 10:05 p.m. in the area of West Main Road and West Passage Drive. The officer observed a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed and saw the vehicle’s tires cross the yellow center lane twice. The officer also obtained a radar reading of the vehicle traveling at 59 mph in a 45 mph-zone.

According to police, the driver’s eyes appeared to be bloodshot and watery. A strong odor of alcohol was also detected. 

The driver, identified as Lopez, told police she had 3 glasses of wine at Newport Grand, according to police reports. After failing a field sobriety test, Lopez was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test.

 

Warren woman charged with DUI 

Samantha Elouise Martel, 28, of 24 King St., Warren, was arrested on Feb. 12 at 2:21 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

A patrol officer on East Main Road in the area of Ray’s Towing observed a vehicle swerving from side to side. The vehicle was stopped on East Main Road at Prospect Lane. As the officer approached the driver’s side door, he observed the vehicle was still in drive mode. The officer told the driver to put the vehicle in park and turn the vehicle off. According to police, the driver’s movements appeared very slow.

The driver, identified as Martel, allegedly told police “I’ve never done this before.” The officer observed the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. Police also detected a strong odor of alcohol. Martel told police she was coming from The Red Parrot in Newport. After failing a field sobriety test, Martel was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test. 

 

Portsmouth man charged with DUI

Jeremy Joseph Wise, 22, of 445 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, was arrested on Feb. 12, at 2:09 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense.

An officer observed a vehicle traveling south on West Main Road in the area of Willow Lane. The vehicle then made a U-turn on West Main Road and began traveling north towards Bristol Ferry Road. The vehicle was seen drifting across the middle turn lane and into the opposite lane of travel. The vehicle then jerked back into the correct lane of travel, according to police. The vehicle was stopped in the area of Sunny Acres.

An officer observed the driver’s eyes appeared to be watery and glassy. Police also detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver, identified as Wise, told police he had consumed 4 drinks while out.

After failing a field sobriety test, he was transported to the police station where he underwent a chemical test. According to police, Wise registered a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .176 for Phase 1 and .171 for Phase II. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08. 

 

Portsmouth man charged with violating a no-contact order

Thomas Hughes Levesque, 40, of Islington Avenue, Portsmouth, was arrested on Feb. 11 at 6:25 a.m. and charged with violating a no-contact order.

Police responded to a residence on Islington Avenue for a 911 hangup call. A woman called 911, stating she needed police and then hung up the phone, according to police reports. The woman told police she thought someone was breaking into the residence, but it was just her dog. 

Police later discovered Levesque was inside the residence. He was arrested and charged with violating the no-contact order, which is between him and the woman who called. 

 

Warren woman charged with DUI 

Jacqueline Marie Tessier, 31, of 3 Pine Lane, Warren, was arrested on Feb. 11 at 3:06 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police observed a vehicle traveling northbound towards the Mt. Hope Bridge. As the vehicle approached, it began to jerk to the right nearly missing the median, according to police. The vehicle, a 2000 black Mercedes, was seen crossing over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting a vehicle head-on, according to police reports. 

The vehicle was stopped in the area of Boyd’s Lane and Valhalla Drive. The driver, identified as Tessier, and a male passenger told police they were coming from a friend’s house. The driver told police she had had a single drink.

The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy, according to police. During questioning, Tessier allegedly said “this is ridiculous, I’m almost home.” After failing a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser. She allegedly told police, “I was doing him a favor and now you are getting me in trouble,” according to police reports.

Tessier was then transported to the police station. While being fingerprinted, she allegedly said to police, “Why couldn’t you just help me out? I was only a few blocks from home.” At the police station, she refused a chemical test. 

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