Woman Charged With DUI After Speeding Through Barrington

Only one arrest in Barrington during holiday weekend.

Barrington Police patrol car. File photo.
Barrington Police patrol car. File photo.

A drunk-driving arrest early Saturday morning, Jan. 18, in Barrington was the only significant incident involving the police department during the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

A 44-year-old Providence woman, Ashley L. Gunn, was stopped traveling north on County Road at around 2:30 am in a Cadillac Escalade that was doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. She was pulled over near the Walker Farm conservation area.

A Barrington patrol officer followed the vehicle from the RIPTA park and ride lot near the Barrington Congregational Church to Walker Farm. The woman told officers that she was heading home after dropping off a friend at a home on Rumstick Road. 

Gunn exhibited many of the signs of driving drunk, LaCross said, including bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. She failed a field sobriety test.

Gunn refused to submit to a chemical test to determine her blood alcohol level. She was taken to the police station on Federal Road to be arraigned by a justice of the peace. 

Gunn was released around 4 am with a date to appear in District Court, LaCross said.

JD January 21, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Yowzers! That's a ridiculous speed. Speed limits are all messed up in this area. The offramp from 195 east to the trail suggests you're supposed to be going 35mph, and then when you get around the bend, it's 50. No reason to slow down that much on that soft curve, and frankly, it's dangerous. Then you've got washington, which is 35, and full of undulations and rough patches (not to mention joggers, cyclists dogs and kids with minimal sidewalk safety). That one should be 25, or 30 tops. Then you're allowed to go 35 through the heart of the business district, which is insane (bikes and kids and people merging and all sorts of activity... WAY too fast). And this lady was going 55? That road should really be 25.


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