Police Log - 02/28/19

Warwick Beacon ·

DUI

On Feb. 13 at approximately 1:55 a.m., Officer Michael T. Isherwood responded to the intersection of Urban and Warwick Avenues.

A vehicle – still running and with its headlights on – had been found off the roadway, facing perpendicular to Warwick Avenue. A woman was sitting in the vehicle’s front seat. Tire marks were observed from the southbound lanes of Warwick Avenue, up and over a roughly 6-inch curb, across a sidewalk and into the front lawn of an Urban Avenue home.

“I noticed the front tires to be covered in fresh mud and spinning in the same place and snow up to the bottom of the driver side doors,” Isherwood’s report reads. “There were also towels and a sweatshirt jammed under the rear tires. It appeared as though the operator attempted to leave the scene prior to our arrival.”

The woman is said to have told police that another person had been driving when the vehicle went off the road, and that she was waiting for the arrival of a tow truck driver from AAA.

Isherwood reports that the woman’s eyes were “extremely watery and bloodshot” and that she “spoke with slurred speech.” The woman is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol that day.

A check with AAA dispatch found no active service calls in the Warwick area. The woman was reportedly unable to provide her driver’s license to police.

The woman is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which she reportedly failed. Isherwood states that the woman was given an opportunity to remove her high heels prior to the testing, but declined.

Caren P. Hill, 26, of 52 Commodore Ave., Warwick, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to police headquarters.

Isherwood reports that Hill was given another opportunity to undergo field sobriety testing at headquarters, this time having taken off a sweater and the high heels she had been wearing at the scene. She failed the second round of testing as well, the officer reports. Hill is also said to have refused to submit to a chemical breath test.

Hill was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. She was additionally issued summonses for refusal to submit to a chemical test and moving violations.

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On Feb. 20 at approximately 6:11 p.m., Officer Richard P. Odell reports responding to the area of St. Rose of Lima Church on Main Avenue for a report of a vehicle having struck a tree. Dispatch advised that the vehicle, a silver Ford F150, had left the scene.

Another officer spotted a vehicle matching the description several minutes later and initiated a traffic stop in the area of 2855 Post Road. Odell responded to the scene and spoke with the operator, who indicated that his dog had jumped out of his vehicle while he was driving, causing him to drive off the road and strike the tree. The operator said he unsuccessfully attempted to get the dog back into the vehicle before leaving the scene.

“I asked him where he was driving to and he stated that he was going to pick up a friend at CCRI,” Odell’s report reads. “I think asked him why he left his dog at the scene and he stated that he could not get the dog back in the car so he was driving home to pick up his fiancé so she could assist him in locating the dog.”

According to Odell’s report, a moderate odor of alcohol emanated from the operator’s breath during the conversation. The man was also said to have watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and to have acknowledged having consumed alcohol.

The operator then reportedly agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he is said to have failed.

John A. Chmura III, of 39, 11 Sea Breeze Terrace, Warwick, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to police headquarters, where he is said to have refused to submit to a chemical breath test.

Chmura was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally issued summonses for refusal to submit to a chemical test and laned roadway violations.

According to Odell’s report, police obtained video of the crash from a witness. No dog was seen in the video, the report states. Police also reportedly found a flask containing alcohol in back of the front passenger seat of Chmura’s vehicle.

LARCENY FROM VEHICLE

On Feb. 23 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Officer Cody Wild reports responding to Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant on Division Street for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle.

At the scene, the owner of a 2015 BMW M3 told Wild that the front left tire and rim had been stolen from his vehicle. The owner said he arrived at the restaurant at approximately 7 p.m. and left at approximately 8 p.m. The other three wheels and rims showed no signs of damage.

The restaurant’s manager told Wild that there are no exterior surveillance cameras on the property. The vehicle’s owner indicated he wishes to press charges if a suspect is identified. The matter was forwarded to detectives.

MALICIOUS DAMAGE

On Feb. 20 at approximately 9:27 a.m., Officer Jordan P. Guyton reports responding to the Windham Hotel on Post Road for a report of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

At the scene, the officer observed a 2015 Ford Transit bearing Connecticut registration. The vehicle’s rear driver’s side window had been completely shattered. The presence of snow on the windshield and undisturbed snow around the wheels indicated the vehicle had not been moved for an extended period of time.

Police eventually made contact with the vehicle’s owner, who indicated he was traveling in Tennessee and would be returning Feb. 23. Based on conversations with the owner, all of the items left in the vehicle were accounted for.

No surveillance video was available and no witnesses were found. The matter was forwarded to detectives.

SHOPLIFTING

On Feb. 18 at approximately 6:02 p.m., Office Ali M. Jaafar and other officers responded to Macy’s on Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting in progress.

While en route, dispatch advised that the suspect and an accomplice had been observed walking northbound on Greenwich Avenue, past West Natick Road and toward Cranston.

Jaafar reports observing two male subjects walking on Greenwich Avenue, and one fit the description of the shoplifting suspect. The men were stopped and placed into custody, and both were found to have existing warrants. A loss prevention officer from Macy’s is said to have responded to the scene and identified one of the men as the shoplifting suspect.

Victor Harney, 49, of 304 Potters Ave., Providence, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was additionally held on a Cranston Police arrest warrant and Sixth Division District Court bench warrant.

The other man was held on an outstanding bench warrant.

According to Jaafar’s report, the stolen merchandise includes men’s cologne, which was returned to Macy’s.

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