EG Police Reports: Muchos Margaritas, Flaming Mattress

by | Jun 11, 2014

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These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime.

Monday, June 2

11:52 a.m. – An EG resident told police he’d gotten a call from a man who said he was with the IRS and that the resident needed to send $1,400 right away. The resident assumed it was a hoax. Police found the phone number used went back to a routing service out of Tampa, Fla., that doesn’t take incoming calls.

12:30 p.m. – The owner of Pal’s Restaurant told police one of his waiters appeared to have altered two personal checks left by patrons to satisfy their bills. The checks looked altered, so the owner called the patrons and asked what amount they had left in a tip. In both cases, the amount left by the patron was different from the amount written on the check. The owner said he would check with the patrons to see if they wanted to press charges. Police found the waiter was wanted on a bench warrant out of Cranston. The owner said the man was due in to work on Tuesday.

5:48 p.m. – Police were called to a building on Main Street on a report of a rabid raccoon. Police found the raccoon behind the building in the back of a shed. After several tries to flush out the raccoon, it finally appeared and police shot at it twice before it fell off a high wall into a wooded area. Police were unable to locate the animal.

11:59 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 22, for driving while intoxicated and for refusing to take a chemical breath test after she was pulled over for driving erratically in downtown. Police first saw the woman driving south on Main Street, where she swerved back and forth over the double yellow lines. Police turned on the overhead lights and followed the car as it traveled up Dedford Street to the parking lot at Swift Community Center, where it came to a stop in the middle of two parking spaces.

When police approached the car, the woman got out and stumbled a bit before gaining her balance. Police told her to return to her car and sit down. “I don’t want to” and “I want to go to my house,” she said. Another officer appeared and the woman finally went back to her car. The woman said she had not seen the police car’s overhead lights, that she was coming home from work. Police asked if she had been drinking and she said she’d had three margaritas at McKinley’s after leaving work at 10:30 p.m. She refused to take field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody. At the station, she refused to take the breath test that measures the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood. Police gave her a district court summons for the drinking and driving charge and a traffic court summons for refusing the breath test. She was released to a family member.

Tuesday, June 3

8:30 a.m. – Police were called to assist EG Fire on a report of a house fire on South County Trail. Upon arrival, police found the fire was confined to a mattress outside the house. It turned out one of the residents had been inside on the mattress with a lit cigarette. He fell asleep and woke to find the mattress on fire. He pulled it outside, put it out and returned inside to get some more sleep. An hour later, his daughter woke him up to say the mattress was in flames. Fire fighters had put out the fire by the time police arrived. The resident said his two dogs had run out of the house in all the commotion. The dogs turned up in the High Hawk neighborhood. They were reunited with their owner at NK Animal Hospital.

8:40 a.m. – The animal control officer, while on school crossing traffic duty on Main Street, was approached by a young man carrying a white cat. The man said he was homeless and could no longer afford to keep his cat. The officer said she would take the cat to NK Animal Hospital, where it would be examined and placed up for adoption. The man agreed, visibly upset with the choice he had to make, according to the report.

5:36 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 29, on a district court bench warrant after police saw him nearly side swipe another car while changing lanes on Route 4 north. Routine checks turned up the warrant. He was taken into custody, processed and, unable to make bail, was taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

6:12 p.m. – A Greene Street resident reported a loose white-and-brown pit bull had jumped over a neighbor’s backyard fence and was there. The police officer went into the yard and the dog started growling and behaving aggressively. The officer called for backup but was unable to reach dispatch. The dog then managed to scale the fence and escape. Police followed the dog as it traveled around the Hill neighborhood. The dog appeared to be friendly now that it was not trapped. A backup officer arrived and thought he knew the owner. He contacted her and she confirmed her dog was missing. By then, the dog was over by Town Hall and the owner and friends got the dog and returned home.

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