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Man arrested after vehicle hits 3 cars

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Portsmouth man was arrested this week after the vehicle he was operating struck three vehicles in Island Park. This arrest and more from the past week can be read in the following police reports. 


Portsmouth woman charged with assault 

Nancy Marie Cordeiro, 36, of Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, was arrested on Aug. 6 at 6:37 p.m. and charged with domestic, simple assault and battery. Police responded to a residence on Bristol Ferry Road for a report of a domestic disturbance. Cordeiro allegedly slapped and kicked a Portsmouth man she knew during an argument.


New Bedford man charged with DUI

Michael Scott Vining, 50, of 125 Sylvia St., New Bedford, Mass., was arrested on Aug. 6 at 12:42 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 to 0.10.

On Aug. 6, at 12:14 a.m., police received a call about a vehicle traveling onto Route 24 North at West Main Road. The vehicle reportedly traveled through a red light at the Hedly Street intersection. The vehicle was later stopped on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The driver’s eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Vining, was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.088 on the first sample and 0.093 on the second sample. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.


Middletown man charged with drug possession

Devin J. Fowler, 21, of 91 Pequot Lane, Middletown, was arrested on Aug. 5 at 4:42 p.m. and charged with possession of a Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V drug, a felony.

On Aug. 5, at 4:15 p.m., police received a call from Tiverton police about an erratic driver on Route 24 South, just entering Portsmouth. The vehicle was stopped on West Main Road in the area of Hedly Street.

The driver, identified as Fowler, informed police about needles in the vehicle and stated he had Hydromorphone, in the center console. Upon a search, police found 6 pills, which were identified as Hydromorphone Hydrocholride, a Schedule II drug and opioid pain medication. 


Dartmouth man allegedly does “doughnuts” at Clements’ Marketplace

Michael Dima Bigsby, 18, of 100 Gaffney Road, Dartmouth, Mass., was arrested on Aug. 4 at 12:13 p.m. and charged with vandalism, malicious injury to property.

On July 29, at 5:41 p.m., police were called to Clements’ Marketplace for a report of vandalism. The store manager told police he observed a vehicle, a gray sedan with Massachusetts registration, doing “doughnuts” in the back field of the property. Police observed several tire tracks in the grass.


Quincy, Mass., man arrested after allegedly refusing to spell name

Erick E. Conroy, 26, of 83 Water St., Apt. 4, Quincy, Mass., was arrested on Aug. 4 at 5:40 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct, fighting; obstructing an officer in the execution of duty; resisting arrest; and simple assault or battery.

On Aug. 4 at 5:13 a.m., police were dispatched to Patriot Petroleum for a report of two suspicious people attempting to enter the store. A worker informed the two people the store did not open until 6 a.m., at which time the two people began videotaping the man, according to police reports.

Police later observed a man, identified as Conroy, walking in the parking lot. Conroy told police he had never been to the store before and he was going there to buy cigarettes. When police asked for his name and date of birth, Conroy allegedly swore at the officer and accused him of stopping him because he was black.

Police ran the name “Eric Conroy,” but nothing came back on the name entered. Police asked Conroy to spell his name, at which time he began walking away. According to police reports, Conroy continued to swear at the officers, calling them “retarded,” and refused to give police the correct spelling of his name, “Erick Conroy.”

When police informed him he would be placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, Conroy allegedly continued to swear and tried to rip his arms away while being handcuffed. Conroy was later transported to the police station, where he allegedly continued to yell and swear at officers. At one point, he allegedly attempted to break free while being brought to a cell, slapping the left arm of an officer.


Portsmouth man charged with DUI after vehicle strikes 3 cars

Woodrow Leo Silvia, 71, of 10 Point Road, Portsmouth, was arrested on Aug. 3 at 8:32 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On Aug. 3, at 8:18 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Park Avenue and Moriarty’s Liquor Locker for a report of an erratic vehicle that struck multiple vehicles on Park Avenue. No injuries were report.

Upon arrival, police observed multiple people in the roadway speaking with the driver, identified as Silvia. According to witnesses, a green Mercury was traveling eastbound on Park Avenue when it crossed over the double yellow lines and struck the rear quarter panel of a truck traveling west. The Mercury then returned to its lane of travel and struck two other vehicles parked on the opposite side of the roadway.

According to police, the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver reportedly told police he had been drinking at one of the nearby bars. When asked which bar, Silvia allegedly said, “I don’t want to get them in trouble.” After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Silvia, was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test. 


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