The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.
Patrolwoman Kayleigh T. Cooper responded to the area of Leading Street and Laurel Street in reference to a reckless driver the evening of May 30.
Cooper said this was the fourth anonymous call regarding the same vehicle description doing burnouts in the neighborhood. While Cooper was stopped at the stop sign of Laurel Street, she said she observed the described vehicle on Laurel Street with no front plate affixed to it and no headlights on.
Cooper said the vehicle went around her and took a left-hand turn on to the Leading Street using no turn signal. Cooper noticed the Jeep had the same license plate described in calls. She said the vehicle then turned in a vacant dirt lot across from 6 Leading St., where Cooper made contact with the operator, identified as Rocco Wolfenden, 28, 6 Leading St., Johnston.
Cooper said she could see a large can of Twisted Iced Tea, which was open, in the back seat. Cooper then asked Wolfenden if there was an alcoholic beverage in the can, to which he said yes. Wolfenden said that he had been drinking, and Cooper reports that his eyes were glossy and his speech was slurred. Cooper said she could also smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Wolfenden’s breath.
Cooper asked Wolfenden to turn off the vehicle and step out, at which point he put his hands in the air and said, “Are you kidding me,” and added an expletive as he exited the vehicle. Wolfenden is said to have started reaching for his pants while mumbling unintelligible words and Cooper said she felt he could be attempting to retrieve a weapon, at which point she placed him in handcuffs. A terry pat yielded negative results for weapons. Wolfenden began swearing again, and Cooper noted that he was stumbling and refused to take a seat on the ground. After conducting the first of a series of standardized field tests, Cooper said Wolfenden didn’t want to do any more tests.
Wolfenden was charged with driving under the influence and disorderly conduct, and also received a violation for refusal to submit to a chemical test.