Boozy Vespa Ride; Worst Parking Job
Take a look at some of the more eyebrow-raising police stories from across the region.
Bridge jumper clings to crustacean cluster:
A man who jumped from the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge Saturday night got another chance at life after surviving the 135-foot fall.
The Jamestown Harbormaster received a call that a man had jumped from the bridge's center span and into Narragansett Bay around 8:30 p.m. He found the man clinging to a mass of mussels and calling "help me, help me."
According to rescue personnel, the man did not break any limbs in the fall but most likely sustained internal injuries.
Woman uses train tracks as personal parking lot:
A Hopkinton woman was arrested around 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 30 for drunk driving after police were dispatched to the train tracks near Admiral Kalbfus Road in Newport for a report of a vehicle stuck on the tracks.
She reportedly drove her car onto the tracks, thinking it was the parking lot for Mama Leone's. She said she was trying to pull into the parking lot and mistook the train tracks for the entrance.
When asked why she wanted to park there, she said she wanted to walk onto the Navy Base, where her boat was located. She reportedly told police she could not drive onto the base because she had had too much to drink.
Drunk Vespa driver tears up leg:
A 35-year-old Shannock man was arrested at about 3:14 a.m. on Aug. 19 and charged with drunken driving.
According to police, they received a report of an accident involving a Vespa-style motor scooter on Tuckertown Road near Tuckertown Park. The man allegedly told police that he lost control when a deer stepped into the roadway, and also that he had had too much to drink.
Police noted the man's severe leg injury — the driver had muscle bulging from his leg, breaking the skin. As a result, field sobriety tests were not conducted, but because the man allegedly appeared to be intoxicated he was arrested and charged with drunken driving.
The driver reportedly told police that while at a bar, he had three 16-ounce beers and two shots of vodka before leaving at 2:30 a.m.
Three vehicles plus one accident equals two arrests:
Johnston police made a drunk driving arrest and cited another driver for having stolen license plates after a recent accident that involved a car and two motorcycles.
The car driver, whom officers said appeared intoxicated, was charged with drunk driving. One of the motorcycle drivers was charged with possession of stolen goods and is out on personal recognizance until his Sept. 29 pretrial hearing.