Police Log - 10/03/19


The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.


Patrolman Kevin W. Lyons responded to a report of a single-car rollover accident on the evening of Sept. 25.

Lyons said that, upon arrival, he noticed Johnston Fire Department personnel were with the operator, Nichole Thomas, 37, 14 Brayton St., Johnston. Lyons noted that Thomas was visibly upset and crying. As Lyons conducted his field interview, he said he noticed Thomas exhibited droopy eyelids, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and a flushed face.

Thomas is said to have advised that she had a few drinks earlier and was on her way to visit her boyfriend. Lyons said that he detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath as she spoke.

Due to the injuries sustained in the accident, Thomas was transferred to the rear of the Fire Department rescue. Lyons requested Thomas undergo a standardized field sobriety test, which she is said to have refused. Lyons said that, based upon his interview with Thomas, it was apparent she was impaired and unable to safety operate a motor vehicle.

Lyons placed Thomas under arrest on a charge of driving under the influence, and she also received a violation for refusal to submit to a chemical test. Thomas was issued a Third Division District Court summons for Oct. 7.


Patrolman Michael A. Martufi Jr. was on a fixed post on Hartford Avenue the morning of Sept. 25 when he observed a vehicle traveling twice the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

Martufi initiated a motor vehicle stop and spoke with the operator, identified as Felix Quiroz, 27, 50 Lenox Ave., Providence. Martufi said Quiroz was completely transparent, acknowledging he was speeding and that his license was suspended. He said he was running late for a new job that he “couldn’t afford to lose.” Martufi confirmed Quiroz’s license was suspended.

Quiroz was released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on Oct. 7 Back at headquarters, Martufi discovered through a check that Quiroz had three prior convictions for driving on a suspended license. The summons was updated to reflect the appropriate misdemeanor charge.


Patrolman Michael A. Protano was traveling east on Greenville Avenue the evening of Sept. 29 when he noticed a small motorcycle turn left onto Fairmont Avenue and then quickly onto Archer Avenue.

Protano followed the operator and observed that the motorcycle appeared to be an unregistered mini-bike. The motorcycle turned on to Clarendon Street, with Protano maintaining a safe distance. While traveling on Clarendon, Protano said the driver looked back at him and began traveling at a high rate of speed toward Highland Avenue.

Protano then activated his emergency lights and the motorcycle continued to travel at a high rate of speed, proceeding through two stop signs. As the motorcycle turned on to Seville Street, the driver pulled over and raised his hands. Protano detained the man, later identified as Joshua Decamp, 38, 272 Broadway Ave., Providence.

Protano said Decamp advised him his license was suspended and that he didn’t know Protano was a police officer. A Division of Motor Vehicles check confirmed Decamp’s license was suspended. Decamp was released with a Third Division District Court summons for driving with a suspended license, first offense. Protano also issued citations for obedience to stop sign, and issued two further Johnston town ordinance violations for use on public ways or areas where motor vehicle no allowed and eluding a police officer.


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