Around 2:41 p.m., Aug. 7, Warwick Police were dispatched to 100 Transit St. for the report of an erratic operator. Police were told that a blue minivan was “all over the road and ran …
Around 2:41 p.m., Aug. 7, Warwick Police were dispatched to 100 Transit St. for the report of an erratic operator. Police were told that a blue minivan was “all over the road and ran something over,” according to the arrest report.
Police found the minivan driving on the opposite side of the road toward a cruiser operated by Warwick Police Officer David M. Gaulin, who operated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Shannon Dyer Vanleeuwen, 32, of 802 Main St., West Warwick.
Gaulin asked if she had been drinking, but she allegedly told police, “No, just my Methadone.”
Police performed a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the tests, Vanleeuwen was arrested and charged with one count of DUI of Liquor (BAC unknown, first offense); one count of Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (first offense); and one count of Driving on Suspended License (second offense).
Around 6:34 p.m., Aug. 7, Warwick Police Officer Ryan E. Shibley, responded to the intersection of Narragansett Parkway and Warwick Avenue for the report of a “motor vehicle offense in progress.”
Caller reported a black Toyota sedan was operating “erratically on Narragansett Parkway in the area of the intersection with Parkside Drive.”
“Dispatch further advised that (the witness) stated that the vehicle had swerved and a struck a curb with its passenger side tires, which were now flattened, and the vehicle came to a stop on Narragansett Parkway at the intersection with Warwick Avenue,” Shibley wrote. “Dispatch advised that (the witness) was able to get the keys from the operator.”
Other police arrived on the scene.
The driver was identified as Babajide V. Johnson, 29, of 24 Village Green, Apt. B, East Providence.
“I asked Johnson where he was coming from, to which he stated that he was driving his vehicle in Warwick,” Shibley wrote. “I advised him that he was in Warwick and again asked him where he was coming from, to which he stated that he was coming from Rhode Island. I advised Johnson that he was in Warwick, Rhode Island, and asked him where he was coming from, to which he appeared to be confused and began mumbling. It should be noted that I observed that Johnston’s eyes were mildly bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and the odor of alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath.”
Police asked Johnson how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed today, but he allegedly did not answer.
He submitted to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the tests, Johnson was charged with DUI of Liquor (BAC unknown, first offense) and also given citations for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (first offense), Leaving the Lane of Travel, and Driving an Unsafe Motor Vehicle.
Around 1:10 a.m., Aug. 9, Warwick Police Officer Keara M. Enos was on routine patrol driving a cruiser north on Post Road when she approached the intersection of Post and Airport roads and her attention was drawn to a silver Pontiac Vibe turning right.
The car allegedly turned wide, crossing both northbound lanes and then swerved back toward the right and began traveling at a high rate of speed. Enos initiated a traffic stop and subsequently identified the driver as Frank A. Pitochelli III, of 618 Main St., Apt. 1-102, Coventry.
Pitochelli allegedly told police that he recently left the Thirsty Beaver in Cranston, but police questioned why he was driving northbound on Post Road (traveling in the opposite direction). The driver then allegedly told police that he was headed to the airport to pick up his girlfriend. But again, he was heading in the opposite direction of the airport.
He submitted to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the tests, Pitochelli was charged with one count of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs (BAC unknown, second offense); Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, Leaving the Lane of Travel, Laned Roadway Violations, Manner of Turning at Intersections, and Presence of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicle.
“It was determined that due to a previous DUI conviction, Pitochelli would be held for arraignment in the morning,” Enos wrote in the arrest report
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