Police Log: Cocaine Arrests, Boat Accident

by | Aug 11, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Tuesday, July 23

1:13 a.m. – An employee at Hill & Harbor Cigar on Main Street told police a patron had passed out. EGFD rescue took the man to Kent Hospital.

11:46 a.m. – An Audi Warwick employee called police for help after driving a customer’s car over the median on Division Street. He said the heavy rain had obscured his view. He got the car into the Showcase Cinema parking lot but then it stalled and could not be driven further.

4:59 p.m. – Police arrested a Johnston man, 41, for disorderly conduct and simple assault and battery and an East Greenwich man, 33, and Johnston woman, 34, for possessing cocaine after police were called to an apartment on Peirce Street because of a disturbance. The Johnston man had come to pick up his girlfriend and he allegedly pushed a door into her because she would not leave. The other man and the woman were in the residence and police could see needles and white powder on a table near them. When police were patting down the EG man, a large container of white powder flew out of his pocket. All three were taken into custody. The EG man and the Johnston woman were held pending arraignment in District Court on felony charges.

Wednesday, July 24

2 p.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 32, for driving on a suspended license after he was stopped for using a cell phone while driving. Routine checks showed the man had a suspended license. He was given a warning for the cell phone usage and was given a summons to appear in District Court for the suspended license violation.

Thursday, July 25

2:24 a.m. – Police were notified of a possible erratic driver in a Chrysler Pacifica heading northbound on Route 4 at Frenchtown Road. Police caught up with the vehicle as it made its way onto 95 North in Warwick. Police observed the vehicle go left of center and then make a sharp overcorrection, causing the vehicle to cross over the white line. Initial attempts to get the driver to pull over were unsuccessful but eventually the driver did stop. Police could smell alcohol coming from the woman, who had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Because the stop took place in Warwick, Warwick PD took over at that point, making the arrest.

12:02 p.m. – Police cited an East Greenwich man, 43, for driving a car with canceled plates after he was stopped for speeding. He was given a citation to appear in court and the vehicle was towed.

Friday, July 26

8:39 a.m. – A call came in about a suspicious person by the waterfront near Crompton Road. Police found no one there, but did find a small campsite near the wastewater treatment plant. Police contacted DPW about removing the campsite.

3:30 p.m. – Police met with a Post Road resident whom reported fraudulent activity. She told police she received a phone call earlier in the day from someone claiming to be from Social Security and the DEA. The caller said someone may have stolen her identify. The woman was told that she was going to be arrested for drug trafficking by the DEA. She said in an effort to clear up this mistake, she gave the caller her Social Security number and her date of birth. She told police that she had a hard time understanding what these men were saying due to the language barrier. Police suggested the woman call Social Security and also purchase some sort of identity theft protection service to help safeguard her credit card and other identify concerns.

5:46 p.m. – A caller told police she noticed several plastic baggies with suspicious white contents on Frenchtown Road at the Route 403 overpass. Upon investigation, police discovered the bags contained crushed peppermint Lifesavers.

11:13 p.m. – Police noticed what appeared to be a very drunk individual at King Street near Crop Street. The person agreed to be taken to Kent Hospital for detox.

Sunday, July 28

7:29 p.m. – Police responded to BLU at 20 Water St. for a boating accident. A Blu employee told police a customer’s boat struck the dock causing damage. No one had been injured. The boat owner said that as coming alongside the dock, the throttle stuck. He said he quickly cut the engine but the boat continued forward, striking the perpendicular section of the dock and the rail support. The front of the boat  struck the side support of the upper deck where customers were seated. 

11:09 p.m. – During a check of the high school, police came upon four youths on Avenger Drive. Parents were notified and one parent came to pick up all four youths. 


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