An East Providence lawyer who specializes in DUI cases pleaded not guilty in 6th District Court on Thursday, Jan. 17, to East Providence police charges that she was driving drunk when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Warren Avenue.
It is the second time she has been charged with a DUI in the past year – the first time was in Barrington last March when police officers pulled her over on County Road after receiving a 911 call.
The Barrington charges were dismissed in District Court because police officers had not personally witnessed her driving erractically. They did find open bottles of alcohol in her vehicle.
Layne C. Savage, 32, of Village Green North, East Providence, was released on her own recognizance Thursday, according to the Providence Journal. She faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test, second offense.
Savage’s next court date is in three weeks, Feb. 8.
She was charged on Sunday evening, Jan. 13, after her vehicle reportedly crashed into a parked vehicle on Warren Avenue. Officers reportedly found her behind the wheel of her SUV crying, confused and with slurred speech.
David D. Curtin, the Supreme Court's chief disciplinary counsel, said he is monitoring the progress of Savage's case, according to the Journal. He is quoted as saying: "Everybody has a presumption of innocence. Obviously, we'll await the outcome to decide what steps to take."