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

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On April 4 at approximately 8:18 p.m., Officer Matthew Rado responded to the parking lot of the Hartford Avenue CVS to assist Officer David Slinko with a motor vehicle hit and run accident that had just occurred.

At the scene, the officers spoke with Leo Harrison, 44, of 27 Mulberry Circle in Johnston, who was seated in the driver’s seat. While speaking with Harrison, officers observed signs of intoxication in the suspect and asked him if he had been drinking that evening. Harrison reportedly told officers he had not been drinking, and stated that he knew he was involved in an accident and though pulling over into the parking lot was sufficient.

According to the report, Harrison appeared to be very fidgety and appeared nervous. He agreed to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests. Based upon his performance during testing and the officers’ experience and training, it was determined that Harrison was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely and that he would be placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters without incident.

At headquarters, Harrison agreed to take a chemical breathalyzer test, which produced two blood alcohol level readings of 0.00. After the test was completed, Harrison consented to submit to a blood test at the hospital. He was then transported to Fatima Hospital where a sample was collected and taken for evidence.

Harrison was charged with driving under the influence, first offence, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. He was later released with a Third District Court summons.

SHOPLIFTING

Officer Adam Parkinson responded to the Burlington store on Atwood Avenue on March 1 in reference to a report of numerous shopliftings that had occurred during the prior week. At the store, the officer was advised that on three separate occasions in February and early march, three females entered the business and selected assorted merchandise, which they then concealed.

According to the police report, the trio would remove security tags prior to concealing them and those items that couldn’t be concealed were carried in plain view while the suspects exited the store.

A copy of surveillance video was provided to the officer, who also captured still frames of the suspects. The business advised that if the suspects were found that they wished to press criminal charges. The case was then forwarded to department detectives for review.

On March 6, suspect Jaelynn Porter, 25, of 25 Pumgansett Road #2 in Providence, responded to police headquarters where she was advised of her rights. She reportedly openly admitted to stealing numerous articles of clothing. She was charged with three counts of shoplifting and three counts of conspiracy. She was later released with a Third District Court summons.

On April 4, Kristhon Butler, 21, of 21 Roger Williams Greene in Providence, was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police on an active JPD warrant. Members of the department then responded and took custody of Butler, who was then held for arraignment. She was charged with three counts of shoplifting and three counts of conspiracy.

EXPIRED LICENSE

While conducting a Commercial Enforcement detail in the area of 65 Shun Pike in March 29 around 11:08 a.m., Patrolman David Slinko observed a pickup truck traveling west that contained numerous pieces of uncovered and unsecured metal items.

A traffic stop was initiated and a background check of the driver, identified as Thomas P. Lacombe, 21, of 123 Eastgate Drive in Warwick, revealed that his license was suspended. He was issued a summons for fastening of a load and covering, first offence, and given a District Court summons to appear for the suspended license charge. The vehicle was held at the scene until a licensed operator obtained the vehicle.

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