Johnston Police Log, April 28, 2022


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident reports provided by the Johnston Police Department.


At 1:02 p.m., April 13, Johnston Police Officer Richard J. Varan spotted a vehicle traveling east on Hartford Avenue with expired registration.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Pedro Tejada, 12 Rounds Ave., Apt. 2, Providence. A background check revealed Tejada had a suspended license and he was wanted on an active Family Court Bench Warrant. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Johnston Police Headquarters, processed and later transported to Sixth District Family Court.

He was issued a Third District Court summons to appear in court on a charge of Driving with Suspended License (third and subsequent offense, a misdemeanor). Tejada was also issued summons for Driving with Expired Registration.


At 2:37 p.m., April 16, Johnston Police responded to 6 York Road to follow-up on an investigation regarding a previous call for service involving a canine bite. While on the scene, police officers made contact with the canine’s owner, David W. Carlson, who lives at the address.

A background check revealed Carlson had an active arrest warrant out of Second District Court for failing to appear at a hearing related to a DUI charge out of the Portsmouth Police Department.

Carlson was arrested and transported to Johnston Police Headquarters, processed and later transported to the ACI.


Around 7:30 p.m., April 17, Johnston Police responded to a motor vehicle crash with unknown injuries. Johnston Fire personnel also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, police spotted a vehicle that had been backed into a parked vehicle in the Shannon Motors parking lot. A man was slouched behind the wheel of the vehicle that had backed into the other vehicle. Police said he was uncooperative and unable to answer questions.

Police identified the driver as Michael A. Disano, of 90 Irons Ave., Johnston.

“Mr. Disano was also in and out of consciousness, with droopy eyelids, and pinpoint pupils,” Johnston Police Officer Ashley Vanbemmelen wrote in the incident report. “While requesting from Mr. Disano his personal information, Mr. Disano handed me a pocket knife instead of his Rhode Island Drivers License. When Mr. Disano was asked if he took any narcotic substance or alcoholic beverages … he was not able to answer my question.”

Police asked Disano to submit to a series of Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), but he did not consent.

A Johnston firefighter asked Disano to exit the vehicle, but he was unable to do so on his own, according to the incident report. Johnston firefighters physically removed him from the front seat and placed him on a stretcher.

“Prior to transportation, Mr. Disano was then placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drug,” Vanbemmelen wrote.

Disano also refused to give a blood sample. He was transported to headquarters and processed without incident.

A background check revealed Disano was a probation violator. Disano was charged with Driving Under the Influence (first offense) and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. He will also receive a citation for Improper Backing Up and Laned Roadway Violation.


Around 3:30 p.m., April 11, Johnston Police responded to the intersection of Citizens Bank Way and Greenville Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle crash with no injuries.

Upon arrival, Johnston Police Officer David K. Chen located a 2009 Nissan Rogue that had rear driver’s side damage to the vehicle.

Police spoke to a driver on the scene and identified him as Michael J. Peixoto, of 25 Shawmut Ave., Apt. 1, Central Falls.

Chen noted in the incident report that Peixoto had droopy eyelids, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and a flushed face.

“Mr. Peixoto stated that he had just left Barrington from a job interview, but did not know where he was at this time,” Chen wrote.

Peixoto denied drinking alcohol and submitted to a series of Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

“Based upon my observation with Mr. Peixoto, it was apparent he was impaired and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle at which time he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI. At headquarters, Peixoto refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with DUI (first offense, BAC unknown) and received a citation for Entering From Private Road or Driveway.


Around 9 a.m., April 3, Warwick Police Officer Aaron L. Steere was on a fixed post at 10 Jefferson Boulevard when a vehicle drew his attention. According to the incident report, the black 2011 Acura had “dark aftermarket tint, and the rear plate was not visible even during daylight hours due to a dark tinted plate cover.”

Steere initiated a motor vehicle stop southbound near 300 Jefferson Boulevard and made a passenger-side approach to the car.

“Again during daylight hours, Officer Steere was unable to observe inside the vehicle due to the dark aftermarket tint,” according to the incident report.

Steere knocked on the rear window and asked the driver to lower all four windows. The driver complied.

The driver was identified as Ray Burgess, 29, of 463 Greenville Ave., Johnston, and police determined his license had been suspended. Two female passengers were in the vehicle, according to police.

While speaking to the occupants, Steere said he detected “a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.”

A background check also revealed that Burgess had two prior convictions for Driving on Suspended License (in 2015 and 2018), according to the police incident report.

Burgess was taken into custody for Driving on Suspended License (Third Offense), a misdemeanor. He was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, processed and later released.

He will also RI Traffic Tribunal summons for alleged violations of Operating a Motor Vehicle with Unlawful Sunscreen Material and Visibility of Registration Plates.

“A search of the vehicle, based on the odor of marijuana, revealed 27 grams of packaged marijuana,” according to police. “It should be noted that the packages were consistent with sales. Burges was asked about the marijuana. He advised that he had a California medical marijuana card; however he did not have it on his person or in the vehicle.”

The marijuana was “seized for destruction.”


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