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DUI, simple assault and battery charges top Portsmouth police reports

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

Tiverton woman charged with DUI

Marie Leigh Hovanec, 24, of 185 Robert Gray Ave., Tiverton, was arrested on April 26 at 11:58 p.m. and charged with DUI, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 to .10.

An officer on patrol in the area of West Main Road and Melville Elementary School observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was recorded traveling at 56mph in a 45-mph zone before it was stopped in the area of West Main Road and Turkey Hill.

While speaking with the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, identified as Hovanec, was transported to the police station.

A chemical test measured a BAC of .098 on the first reading and a .104 on the second reading. The legal BAC limit in the state is 0.08.


Portsmouth man charged with simple assault and battery 

Germaine Craig Edelen, 39, of 18 Maggie Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested on April 20 at 11 a.m. and charged with domestic, simple assault and battery.

On April 17, police were called to the Subway on Russo Road, located off West Main Road, for an alleged assault. The individuals involved apparently left the area minutes before police arrived.

A man told police he was parking his vehicle in the Subway parking lot when a woman ran over to his vehicle asking for help. He then observed a man grab the woman by the face and “slam her into the pavement,” according to police reports.

The woman drove away in another vehicle, but a witness was able to photograph the license plate. The incident was also recorded on security camera. 

Using witness statements and security video, police were able to identify Edelen, who later turned himself in at Newport District Court. Edelen was arraigned and sentenced to one year at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) with 90 days to serve.


Portsmouth man charged with DUI after an alleged hit and run in Newport 

Jeffrey Gene Bucci, 36, of 61 Almy Knoll Terrace, Portsmouth, was arrested on April 18 at 5:53 p.m. 

On April 18, police were notified to look out for a silver Toyota Tacoma, which was involved in an alleged hit and run of a bicyclist in Newport.

On a traffic post, police observed a vehicle matching the description. The officer drove behind the vehicle on Sisson Pond Road and activated the cruiser’s emergency lights. The vehicle continued to drive, going through a stop sign at the top of Sisson Pond Road and driving north at approximately 15 mph. The vehicle then turned right on Almy Knoll Terrace and continued driving without stopping.

According to police reports, the vehicle turned into the driveway at 61 Almy Knoll Terrace as the garage door opened. After the vehicle stopped, the operator abruptly stepped out of the vehicle and began walking towards the open garage.

The officer ordered the driver to get back into his vehicle. The driver then took a step towards the officer with a clenched fist and stated “don’t touch me,” according to police reports. He then turned away and started walking back towards the open garage.

When the officer attempted to grab the man’s wrist, the man turned around and shoved the officer with both hands, according to police reports. After a brief struggle, the man, identified as Bucci, was placed into handcuffs.

The officer detected an odor of alcohol. The driver’s eyes also appeared bloodshot and glassy. Bucci was arrested and charged with the following: DUI, first offense, BAC unknown; refusal to submit to a chemical test; reckless driving; resisting legal or illegal arrest; and simple assault or battery. 


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