Police Log: What Not to Say to a Cop

by | Nov 30, 2014

Monday, Nov. 17

3:35 p.m. – The officer assigned to school crossing duty on Middle Road at Hanaford Elementary called in a report of a white pickup truck that drove past her while she was signaling to the driver to stop. Police stopped the truck at further east on Middle Road. He said it was a misunderstanding, that he’d thought she was signaling him to go. The officer arrived and said it was the right man and that he had given her the finger as he passed by. The driver was given a traffic summons for failing to stop for a school crossing guard.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

3:12 p.m. – An employee of the Humidor Cigar Shop on Post Road told police an unhappy customer had purposefully dumped a bag of tobacco all over the floor. According to the report, the customer had bought the tobacco the evening before and returned this day to say the tobacco was no good. The employee told the man he could not get a refund because the product was opened and had been used. The customer became irate and then dumped the remainder of the tobacco all over the floor. The employee said he did not know the man’s name but said he wanted police to issue a no-trespass order to the man next time he came in.

6:22 p.m. – Police arrested a Coventry man, 64, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a chemical breath test after he honked at police to get moving on South County Trail at Division Street. According to the report, police had stopped in the road because another vehicle was stopped and police wanted to check on it. The Coventry man was driving the car directly behind the police and he started honking. When police got out and asked if there was a problem, the man said, “Yeah, your driving.” Police smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man. The man said he’d been at a golf club, where he’d had lunch and retrieved his golf clubs, which he showed to police. He agreed to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. Police took him into custody. At the station, he said the officer had been in an unmarked car but the officer had been in a marked police car. He refused to take the blood alcohol content (BAC) breath test, so he was issued two court summonses, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a BAC. His car was towed from the scene.

11:51 p.m. – Police arrested a West Greenwich man, 52, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a chemical breath test after he was stopped for speeding and swerving on First Avenue. The man stopped his car in the travel lane, not the breakdown lane, and he appeared nervous. Police could smell alcohol on him; he said he’d had “three tall draft beers.” He stumbled when he got out of the car and had a hard time retrieving his license from his wallet. The man consented to field sobriety tests, which he failed. At the station, the man refused to take the blood alcohol content (BAC) breath test. Police gave him court summonses for both driving while intoxicated and refusing to take the BAC and he was ticketed for speeding and leaving the lane of travel.

Friday, Nov. 21

4 p.m. – A West Greenwich man told police about an incident of road rage that happened while he was driving south on Post Road. According to the report, a man driving a silver Audi swerved into his lane almost hitting him. The West Greenwich man beeped his horn to alert the other driver, but after that the Audi driver swerved twice more into the man’s lane. When both cars came to a stop at a traffic light, the driver of the Audi got out of his car and started yelling at the West Greenwich man. The West Greenwich man told the Audi driver he was going to call the police, at which point the Audi driver got back in his car and drove away. The WG man gave the police the license plate number of the Audi. Police had not been able to reach the Audi driver as of this report.

Sunday, Nov. 23

1:30 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 42, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Main Street for speeding. He was processed at the station and given a court summons. A friend came to drive away his car. After he was released, police gave him a ride home.

11:25 a.m. – Police arrested a Cranston woman, 51, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant after an acquaintance called police to get her out of his apartment. The friend had allowed her to stay overnight but in the morning, according to the report, she began drinking and becoming hostile. The woman told police there was a warrant out for her arrest and the warrant – for shoplifting – was confirmed. She was taken into custody, processed at the station and, in lieu of making bail, was taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI).

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