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Warwick Police Log 06/10/21

Posted 6/10/21

DUI At approximately 3:45 a.m. on May 29, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 15 when she observed a black BMW cross over dotted lane lines "numerous times" with its driver's-side tires and abruptly

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Warwick Police Log 06/10/21

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DUI

At approximately 3:45 a.m. on May 29, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 15 when she observed a black BMW cross over dotted lane lines “numerous times” with its driver’s-side tires and abruptly change lanes without signaling.

“This movement caused the operator of a vehicle traveling behind it to suddenly apply the brakes in order to avoid causing an accident,” Enos reports.

Enos followed the vehicle as it continued south, observing it move entirely into the breakdown lane at one point. The vehicle then took the exit onto Route 37 east, where the officer “observed it again swerve in and out of multiple lanes without signaling.” Additionally, a records check revealed the vehicle’s registration was suspended.

Once the vehicle exited Route 37 onto Post Road, Enos initiated a stop and made contact with its male operator. The officer reports the operator had a “moderate odor” of alcohol on his breath, his “speech was mumbled and slurred,” and his eyes “appeared to be glossy and watery.”

The operator is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol that night and agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed.

Joaquin Meza, 40, 110 Burbank St., Cranston, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Meza was later released into the custody of a sober adult with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test, laned roadway violations, turn signal required and operating a vehicle with suspended registration.

DRUG CHARGES

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on May 27, Officer Ryan McGarry was conducting a directed patrol at City Park when he observed a GMC Sierra parked next to the outhouses at the athletic fields. The vehicle left at McGarry arrived.

McGarry locked the entrance to the park and proceeded to the front parking lot near Asylum Road, where he observed the same vehicle. Once again, it left upon the officer’s arrival.

McGarry followed the vehicle as it heading along Buttonwoods Avenue toward West Shore Road and “abruptly” turned left into the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot.

“Although the vehicle’s turn signal was activated upon executing the turn, it was only activated approximately twenty feet prior to making the turn, in violation” of traffic laws, McGarry’s report reads.

McGarry then initiated a stop and made contact with the male operator of the Sierra, who is said to have continued “reaching around the vehicle” and ignored commands to keep his hands on the wheel. The officer suspected the operator “may be attempting to either conceal contraband or access a weapon.” Additionally, the operator was unable to produce a driver’s license.

The operator was then ordered to exit the vehicle and complied, at which point he was taken into custody. McGarry reports a subsequent search of the Sierra revealed substances suspected to be methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as two “meth pipes.” The officer’s report indicates one of the substances was later confirmed to be methamphetamine with a quantity of 4.7 grams.

Edward J. Lohse, 31, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was held pending a court appearance. He was additionally cited for possession of marijuana, one ounce or less.

FRAUD

Shortly after 5 p.m. on March 22, Officer Normand Guilbert responded to the CVS at 2790 Post Road for a report of fraudulent debit card use.

At the scene, the reporting party told Guilbert that his vehicle, a Toyota Venza, had been stole in Providence the day before and reported to police in that city. Inside the vehicle were his wallet, which contained a debit card, and other personal belongings.

The reporting party said following the theft of his car, he received notification from his bank that his debit card had been used for two transactions, totaling roughly $44, at a gas station at the corner of Greenwich and East avenues. Attempts were then made to use the card at the CVS on Post Road for purchases totaling roughly $120, but those transactions were declined.

Guilbert requested security camera footage from the gas station and CVS, and the matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

On March 30, Detective Adam Arico was assigned to conduct follow-up investigation in the case. He located two suspects, one male and one female, through a review of security camera footage. Images of the suspects were subsequently shared through the department’s social media in an effort to identify them.

Arico reports that “within hours,” Seekonk Police contact him to advise the man and woman seen in the images appeared to be the same suspects in a similar theft and fraud case in that community. Days later, based on additional information, warrants were issued for the arrest of both suspects – the woman on two counts of access to computer for fraudulent purposes, and the man on three counts of the same charge.

At 8 p.m. on May 27, Officer Justin Martin responded to Warwick Police headquarters to take custody of Jadyn S. Patterson-Libby, 22, New Bedford, Massachusetts, on one of the warrants. She was transferred from the custody of Rhode Island State Police and processed.

At 8:13 p.m. on the same date, Officer Sara Goes arrived at headquarters to take custody of Justin P. Smith, 29, 5 Shore Road, Apt. A, West Warwick, on the other warrant. Smith was also transferred from the custody of Rhode Island State Police and processed. He was additionally charged as a fugitive from justice on a warrant issued from Seekonk.

SHOPLIFTING

At approximately 4:16 p.m. on May 27, Officer Justin Martin responded to the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a report of two shoplifting suspects – one male, one female – in the custody of loss prevention personnel.

At the scene, a loss prevention officer at the store told Martin the man and woman had been observed selecting multiple clothing items in the store earlier that afternoon. They are said to have concealed the items in a shopping bag, with the aid of a baby carriage to block the view of others, before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, they were met by employees and escorted back inside. Twenty items with a combined value of more than $570 were recovered.

Julio Ramirez, 30, and Michelle Ramirez, 26, both of 170 Peace St., Apt. 1, Providence, were each arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. Both were later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

Just after 5 a.m. on May 29, Officer Nathaniel Gray was conducting a patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 15 when he observed a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer estimated the vehicle was traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. He also reports the vehicle changed lanes “without giving sufficient distance after utilizing the turn signal.”

Gray initiated a stop and made contact with the vehicle’s male operator, who was found through a records check to have a suspended license and at least two previous convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Tave Jermaine Mitchell, 41, 220 Logee St., Apt. 3, Woonsocket, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. He was additionally cited for speeding.

WARRANT

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. on June 5, Office Keara Enos was conducting a routine patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 13 when her “attention was drawn” to a 2016 Nissan Altima.

“I observed that despite there being very little traffic on the road, the Nissan was traveling less than two car-lengths behind the vehicle in front of it,” Enos reports. She clocked the vehicle at between 63 and 65 mph in a 55 mph zone, and also observed its left tires cross the dotted lane lines.

Enos initiated a stop and made contact with the Nissan’s male operator. She reports detecting an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and the operator is said to have acknowledged having marijuana in his possession – 1.6 grams, according to an inventory done later – but no medical use card.

A records check then revealed the operator was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Sixth Division District Court.

Elvin F. Estevez, 26, 53 Cowesett Ave., Apt. 46, West Warwick, was taken into custody on the warrant and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. Based on a follow-up records check, he was additionally charged with driving with a suspended license and issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. He was also cited for possession of marijuana, one ounce or less, and speeding.

Estevez was later transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions on the bench warrant. ***

At noon on May 28, Officer Bruce Law responded to the lobby of Warwick Police headquarters to speak with a woman who was wanted on an active bench warrant.

The woman told Law she had come to headquarters to seek information on paying a parking ticket. A records check then revealed she was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Third Division District Court.

Elizabeth A. Costa, 59, 217 Pine River Drive, North Kingstown, was escorted to the department’s booking area for processing. She was later transported to Third Division District Court and transferred to the custody of sheriffs.

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