Police Log - 02/26/19

Warwick Beacon ·


On Feb. 8 at approximately 12:13 a.m., Officer Michael T. Isherwood reports being at the intersection of Airport Road and Warwick Avenue when he observed a light-colored SUV traveling east on Airport Road.

The vehicle is said to have turned right onto Warwick Avenue, through a red traffic signal, without coming to a complete stop. The vehicle reached speeds of more than 50 mph and drifted between lanes while traveling south on Warwick Avenue, according to Isherwood. The officer initiated a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Warwick and Lindy avenues.

The operator is said to have told Isherwood he was traveling home from a bar on Warwick Avenue. According to the officer’s report, a “strong odor associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages” emanated from the operator’s breath. The officer also states that the operator’s speech was “heavily slurred” and that his eyes were “extremely watery and bloodshot.” The operator is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol earlier in the evening.

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

Corey R. Cote, 49, 96 Burgoyne Drive, Warwick, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters. He is said to have consented to a chemical breath test, which reportedly showed a blood alcohol content significantly above the legal limit.

Cote was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for failure to obey traffic control devices and laned roadway violations.


On Feb. 8 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Officer Kevin P. Warren reports responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 2215 Elmwood Ave. Dispatch indicated one of the operators involved in the crash was possibly intoxicated.

At the scene, the reporting party told police that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. She also said the operator of the other vehicle, a male, had “stumbled over to her” after the crash.

Warren made contact with the second operator, who reportedly required the help of another officer to remain standing. The operator is said to have acknowledged drinking a pint and a half of vodka that day. The officer reports detecting a moderate odor of alcohol emanating from the man’s breath. He also describes the man’s speech as “extremely slurred and mumbling.”

Warren reports that field sobriety testing was initiated but then terminated due to the operator’s inability to stand on his own. The operator also reportedly acknowledged being unable to drive.

Matthew E. Armenti, 55, of 2215 Elmwood Ave., Apt. E7, Warwick, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was transported to police headquarters and then to Kent Hospital after police determined he required medical attention. He was later issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence.


On Feb. 15 at approximately 12:44 a.m., Officer Sara L. Goes and other officers responded to the area of 60 Parkhurst Road following a report of suspicious activity in progress.

Dispatch indicated that a security camera had alerted the reporting party to motion in her front driveway. Video taken by the camera is said to have shown a man carrying a backpack attempting to enter the reporting party’s vehicle.

The reporting party told police that her vehicle had previously been broken into on the morning of Feb. 11, and that security video showed what appeared to be the same man in that incident. She also said the same man is also believed to have attempted to enter vehicles parked at neighboring properties.

Police searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. *** On Feb. 16 at approximately 7:43 a.m., Detective Sokphannareth Chea reported responding to the Extended Stay America location at 268 Metro Center Blvd. for a report of larceny from a motor vehicle.

At the scene, the reporting party told Chea that he had parked his gray Jeep Wrangler at approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 15. When he went to his vehicle the next morning, he found the right rear window had been smashed in. Several items were missing, he said, including an Eclipse amplifier, a Kenwood amplifier and a JL Audio amplified. All are valued at $200.

During the investigation, Shea reports observing another vehicle – a white 2007 Dodge Ram – in the same parking lot with its right rear window smashed. The detective made contact with the vehicle’s owner, who responded to the vehicle and indicated several items were missing.

The missing items include a camouflage backpack valued at $100, a pair of pants valued at $25, a set of shoe chains valued at $25, a neck warmer valued at $25 and other miscellaneous items with a combined value of $75.

Both parties indicated they wish to press charges if a suspect is identified. Surveillance video was reportedly unavailable.


On Feb. 16, Officer Brian J. Holleran reports responding to the Rite Aid location at 1080 Bald Hill Road for a report of a subject passing a counterfeit bill.

An associate at the store told Holleran that just before 10 p.m., an approximately 40-year-old white man wearing a gray hoodie entered the store and purchased an item costing $13.99. The man used a $100 bill and received $85 in change. He is said to have then left the scene in a white pickup truck with a metal storage box in the bed. After the man left the scene, workers at the store realized the $100 bill was fake.

Surveillance video reportedly did not include information regarding the make, model or registration of the vehicle involved. The matter was forwarded to detectives.