Pond, Parking Lot ... What's The Difference?
Take a look at some of the more intriguing police reports from around the state. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Cars: Not Meant For Ice Skating
While many people have been cursing this week’s weather, one Woonsocket woman is grateful for these subfreezing temperatures. According to police, the 52-year-old woman was attempting to turn right on to what she thought was a road during her morning commute. Something “went wrong,” causing her to drive down a bank and then on to a frozen pond. Because Rhode Island has been as cold as the planet Hoth this week, the ice was thick enough to support the car, and crews were able to tow it off the ice without a problem.
A Birthday Card and a Half Birthday Suit
Two Narragansett women had odd approaches dealing with law enforcement this week. A 32-year-old woman was pulled over for suspected DUI and, when police asked for her license and registration, she reportedly handed him a birthday card. Days earlier, another woman was pulled over for the same thing. When officers asked if they could search her car, the 48-year-old woman exited her car, spun around (nearly falling) and then allegedly flashed the officers. Unfortunately for them, both of their methods failed and they were both arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
Pepper Spray Incident at Bar Leads to Two Arrests
It’s good to have a friend who’s got your back. It’s not good to have a friend who, in the process of getting your back, pepper sprays you in the face. Last weekend in North Kingstown, a 22-year-old woman reportedly decided to take matters into her own hands after watching her friend argue with another woman at a local bar. According to reports, the woman (who police said was intoxicated) went to her car, grabbed a can of pepper spray and then proceeded to spray the two women. Unfortunately, the thing about pepper spray (being a spray) is that it spreads. Several other patrons were hit with it and had to be treated. One woman understandably took issue to being hit with the pepper spray and allegedly tried to assault the culprit, threatening to kill her. The pepper spray assailant was charged with disorderly conduct and three counts of assault. The disgruntled patron, who was also allegedly intoxicated, was charged with disorderly conduct – after she reportedly accused police officers of being child molesters.
Man Caught Drunk Driving After Leaving Where?
Often when police catch folks driving drunk, they’re leaving a bar, a friend’s party or another social function. This past week, police received a very different answer from a suspected drunk driver in Middletown. According to reports, the 42-year-old Tiverton man told officers he had just left the hospital. Police were able to confirm the man had indeed been at Newport Hospital seeking treatment for narcotics. Hospital officials had reportedly advised the man not to drive. Perhaps he was off to seek a second opinion?