The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston and Rhode Island State Police Departments.
On Aug. 9 around 9:22 a.m., Officer Richard Varan conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 1088 Plainfield St. The front passenger, identified as Nathaniel Robinson, 42, of 39 Elma St., second floor in Providence, was found to have an active Superior Court full bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment. Robinson was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed and later transported to Superior Court.
Officer Derek Parascandolo responded to the Pick and Pull at 30 Green Earth Ave. on July 23 around 2:55 p.m. for a reported larceny from the business. At the scene he met with the reporting party, who stated that she discovered a man placing radiators in the rear of his vehicle. When confronted, the man told the store employee that, “Yeah, I do this all the time,” then jumped in his vehicle and fled the scene.
The suspect was described as six feet tall, with red/blonde hair, slim build and missing a front top tooth. The complainant stated that she was able to recognize him because he frequents the business and that she would be able to identify him. She also stated that, when confronting the suspect, she observed between 10 and 15 radiators in the rear of the car. A license plate number and vehicle description was then provided to the officer.
A background check of the provided information revealed that Shawn Sherman, 22, of 11 Tiogue Ave. in West Warwick had operated the vehicle in the past. He also matched the description provided by the witness. The report was then forwarded to department detectives for review.
On Aug. 8, Sherman responded to police headquarters for the outstanding misdemeanor larceny charge, was processed and later released.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
At approximately 6:06 p.m. on Aug. 8, Patrolman Arthur Petteruti was on a fixed post in the area of 1025 Plainfield St. when he observed a red Volkswagen Golf with combination plates pass his location. He then followed the vehicle, which he observed swerving over the double yellow line. A traffic stop was then initiated.
Contact was made with the driver, identified as Justin Czerwien, 20, of 122 Calverley St. in Providence. While speaking with Czerwien, the officer detected a strong smell of burned marijuana. According to the police report, Czerwien exhibited signs of being under the influence. When asked if he had smoked marijuana that day, Czerwien replied that he had about an hour earlier. He then consented to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests.
Based upon the officer’s experience and training, Czerwien was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence. A search of his vehicle located several burned marijuana blunts and a plantlike substance believed to be marijuana, which were seized.
After being transported to the police station, Czerwien agreed to take a chemical Breathalyzer test, which produces a blood alcohol content reading of zero. After administering the test, Officer Petteruti determined that Czerwien’s actions were not consistent with a person with a blood alcohol content of zero. Czerwien was then asked to submit to a blood test, which he declined.
Czerwien was charged with driving under the influence, first offense; driving with a suspended license; refusal to submit to a chemical test; improper use of registration; possession of marijuana; and laned roadway violations.