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Man allegedly assaults woman, drives drunk with 3-year-old in vehicle

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Police arrested and charged a man with driving under the influence after an alleged hit and run near Raytheon.

On Aug. 26, at approximately 6:12 pm, officers were alerted to be on the lookout for a black Chevrolet Silverado, that was just involved in a hit and run to an attended vehicle on West Main Rd near Raytheon.

According to witnesses, a truck sideswiped another vehicle on West Main Rd and continued north bound operating erratically and at high speeds. It was later learned through this investigation that the suspect identified as David Correia, 28, of Dartmouth, Mass., allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old female who was in the passenger seat.

According to the 27-year-old victim, Correia had picked her, a nineteen year old Portsmouth woman and the victims 3-year-old daughter up in Middletown and began traveling north on West Main Rd.

The victim reported that Correia displayed signs of intoxication and at that point, the victim demanded she be let out; however, he refused and punched her several times in the face.

The vehicle continued north onto the Sakonnet Bridge at which time the truck rear-ended another vehicle.

Upon officers arrival Correia displayed obvious signs of intoxication failed SFST’s and was taken into custody based on observations and testing.

Correia was charged with D.U.I of Liquor, and/or Drugs-1st Offense BAC Unknown, Duty to Stop in Accidents to Attended Vehicle, Domestic-Simple Assault, and an RITT summons for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test and Refusal to submit to a Preliminary Breath Test.

DCYF was notified due to the 3 year old child being in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

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