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Police Charge Woman, Driving With Infant in Car, With DUI

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police arrested and charged a woman,  who was driving with an infant in car, with DUI.

Police released the following press release:

On February 22, 2020 at 12:06am, the Portsmouth Police received a report of a vehicle operating erratically on West Main Road. Officers subsequently stopped the suspect vehicle and identified forty year-old Valerie Ogarro of John Street in Fall River, MA as the operator.  While speaking with the operator, officers observed an overturned child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle and discovered an 19 day old infant secured in that seat. The infant was overturned in the seat and facing towards the floor of the vehicle. Officers immediately removed the infant who appeared lethargic. The infant was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital by the Portsmouth Fire Department. 
Valerie Ogarro, the mother of the infant, exhibited signs of intoxication and was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving under the Influence.
She was arraigned at police headquarters on charges of DUI, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, and Child Abuse.  She was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled for re-arraignment at the 2nd Division District Court on Monday morning.
 
The infant was treated at Hasbro and has been released from the hospital to the custody of DCYF.
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