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Foot chase, DUI charges top Portsmouth police reports

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI) charges, and a foot chase, topped Portsmouth police reports this past week in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 


Westport man charged with DUI after alleged hit and run

Alfred Francis McLaughlin, 56, of 28 North Main St., Westport, was arrested on Feb. 23 at 12:32 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, at approximately 11:53 a.m., police officers on patrol were notified to be on the lookout for a silver Chevy pickup truck involved in an alleged hit and run at Portsmouth Auto. The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on East Main Road passing the police station. 

An officer on patrol later stopped the Chevy pickup truck on Route 24 North near Cedar Island. The officer detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The operator’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery, according to police reports. 

The driver, McLaughlin, handed the officer his license and an old speeding ticket, according to police. The driver told police he was coming from Portsmouth. When asked if he’d been drinking, he said “no,” according to police reports. 

McLaughlin allegedly told police he was heading back to work in Newport. The officer pointed out he was traveling north on Route 24. 

After failing a field test, he was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test. He also informed police he walked with a limp before the field test. 

Police also discovered an open pint of McCormick vodka in the center console while searching the truck. 


Fall River man allegedly tries to outrun officer 

Duane Anthony Logan, 41, of 32 Grant St., Apt. 2, Fall River, Mass., was arrested on Feb. 18 at 4:45 p.m. and charged with the following: reckless driving, drag racing, eluding police, first offense; and possession of weapons other than firearms prohibited, both misdemeanors. Logan was also wanted on an arrest warrant. 

On Feb. 18, at 4:37 p.m., a police officer observed a man fueling his vehicle at the Mobile Xtra Mart on West Main Road. After fueling, the man entered his vehicle and began to drive south towards Middletown. 

The man was wanted by Newport police on an arrest warrant for the charge of simple assault, according to police. 

Informed about the warrant, the officer activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, which continued to travel south at about 35 mph. The vehicle then turned right onto Donna Drive and continued despite the police cruiser’s lights activated. 

The vehicle began to slow down at the end of Donna Drive. With the vehicle’s side door opening, the man exited and ran south towards Chase Farm. The police officer began to chase on foot, ordering the man, later identified as Logan, to stop several times. 

Within 5 feet behind the suspect, the officer drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to stop and get on the ground. Logan first refused, but then complied, according to police reports. He was then placed in handcuffs. 

Police discovered a knife (about 3¼ inches in length) in Logan’s belt buckle. A second knife about 3 ½ inches long was found in the driver’s side door. Logan was transported to police headquarters and turned over to the custody of Newport police.


Roger Williams University student charged with DUI after car lands in ditch 

Tori Janelle Costa, 20, of 4 Sunset Ave., Danvers, MA, a student at Roger Williams University, was arrested on Feb. 18 at 5:04 a.m. and charged with the following: DUI, alcohol, first offense; transportation of alcoholic beverage by a minor; and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On Feb. 18 at approximately 3:44 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of Boyd’s Lane and Mello’s Farm for a report of a single motor vehicle accident where a vehicle reportedly drove off the road into a ditch. No injuries were reported.

Upon arrival, police discovered a silver Honda Accord off the roadway with the passenger side tires lifted off the ground. While the driver’s seat was empty, the keys were still in the ignition and the vehicle’s engine was running. A female sat in the front passenger seat, while 3 more females sat in the backseat. 

Police observed 2 empty cans of Busch beer outside the vehicle and 2 full cans of Busch beer inside the Honda.

One of the passengers stated the driver got out of the car and ran towards Boyd’s Lane. All of the passengers appeared under the influence and presented conflicting stories, according to police. 

The caller who reported the motor vehicle crash gave police a description of the driver, which matched Costa’s appearance. After failing a field sobriety test, Tori was arrested, charged and issued a summons for her refusal to submit to a chemical test. 


Portsmouth man charged with exposing his privates 

Christopher Scott Freitas, 42, of 70 Island Ave., Portsmouth, was arrested on Feb. 18 at 12:30 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct, exposing his genitals.

An officer on patrol was driving past the Beachcomber bar on Park Avenue when he saw a man urinating in front of the building at 12:06 a.m. The front of the business was illuminated and the suspect was in plain sight at the time, according to police reports.

As the police cruiser turned around, a woman stopped her vehicle and waved for the officer to stop. She told police she, along with her daughter, saw the man urinating in front of the bar.

Freitas allegedly later told police it was a “free country” and he could urinate where he wanted, according to police reports.

The officer also detected a strong order of alcohol, and observed the suspect’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery.


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