Narragansett Police Log: October 16, 2011
Police refuse to just follow an allegedly drunk driver home, and make two marijuana related arrests following traffic stops.
Unless otherwise noted, information about the following incidents was supplied by the Narragansett Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Narragansett Woman Arrested for DWI
Karen L. McHugh, 41, of 3 Exeter Boulevard, was arrested at about 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 16 and charged with driving while intoxicated, and cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test.
According to police, McHugh cut off an officer and another car while leaving Mariner Square in her 2012 white GMC Yukon Denali. The officer followed her car for a short distance on Point Judith Road, and attempted to make a traffic stop after he reportedly saw it swerving over traffic lines.
Police said that when they asked McHugh where she was coming from, she told them that she had forgotten her phone. When asked for her license, registration and proof of insurance, McHugh provided police with a DMV form and a SR-22 car insurance form.
According to police, McHugh then asked them, “Can’t you just follow me home?” Police said she failed a field sobriety test, and then refused to submit to a chemical test at police headquarters.
Driver 'Forgot' About Marijuana
Richard A. Ferreira, 21, of 16 Lilly Lane, was arrested at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 16 and charged with possession of marijuana. Police said he is a University of Rhode Island student.
According to police, at about 1:25 a.m., they received a report of a car accident by the Coast Guard House on Ocean Road. Police said it appeared a Honda Accord had smashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav 4 while it was parked on the side of the road.
The driver of the Toyota told police the other driver, later identified as Ferreira, had fled the scene on foot. According to police, a short time later three people came back to the accident scene — an employee of the Coast Guard House, a 21-year-old New Hampshire woman and Ferreira.
The woman told police she witnessed the accident, and after it happened, she saw Ferreira leave the scene. The Coast Guard House employee at first chased him on foot, but then the woman offered him a ride.
They followed Ferreira to the intersection of Rodman and Caswell, at which point he agreed to get into the car. He returned with them to the scene of the accident to talk to police. He told police that he had gotten nervous after the accident, and had tried to call his parents.
According to police, Ferreira gave them consent to search his backpack, which was the only thing he wanted to retrieve from his car, along with Frisbee cleats.
Police said the first thing in the backpack was a bottle of Southern Comfort, but noted that Ferreira was over 21. He then took out a cell phone. He told police it was not his; that he had accidentally picked it up at a party.
According to police, while opening the next pouch of his backpack and shuffling the contents, Ferreira said, “See, just some school stuff.” Police noted that in plain view was a glass pipe. When asked about the pipe, Ferreira said, “I forgot that was in there.”
Police said Ferreira attempted the same thing with the next pouch, even though there was a small glass container with marijuana in plain view. He told police, “I forgot about that. It’s been in there so long I forgot that it was there.”
Police seized the marijuana and cell phone, and placed Ferreira under arrest. Officers were unable to contact the cell phone’s owner. Both cars were towed from the scene because of extensive damage.
Narragansett Man With Foreign Money Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Tyler D. Blanpied, 20, of 21 Sand Hill Cove Road, a URI student, was arrested at about 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 16 and charged with possession of marijuana.
According to police, an officer stopped Blanpied’s car on Point Judith Road because the rear plate was not illuminated. During the traffic stop, police alleged the smell of marijuana was emanating from the car, and that there was an empty pill bottle on the passenger side floor.
Blanpied told police that the bottle, which was marked with a label of Tangerine Haze, used to have marijuana in it. He provided police with an expired medical marijuana card from Colorado.
According to police, a search of the car revealed a digital scale, about 2.6 grams of marijuana split between two locations, $459, 50 Mexican pesos and 25 Haitian gourdes.
Blanpied told police he had a lot of cash on him because he was a pizza delivery driver. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
Pair of URI Students Cited for Alcohol Violations Following Party
At about 1:05 a.m. on Oct. 16, police received a report of a loud party at 10 Sea Lea Drive.
According to police, about 40 to 50 people were gathered, with one car illegally parked in front of a neighbor’s driveway. Loud voices and music could reportedly be heard from the street.
Police said as they were clearing the party, they saw Kevin Ng, 19, of 163 Ashland Road, Summit, NJ, attempting to conceal a bottle of alcohol. According to police, when confronted, Ng placed the bottle on the ground, and they confiscated it.
The bottle — a 1.75L container of Seagram’s whiskey — was disposed of. A background check confirmed that Ng was not 21, and he was cited for underage possession of alcohol.
As a result, the only tenant home — Dylan J. Campagna, 20 — was cited for violating the town’s social host ordinance. A file of the incident was also forwarded to community policing for review. According to police, the home is owned by Angela Moon.
Narragansett Man Arrested for Suspended License
Devon E. Anderson, 26, of 111 North River Drive, was arrested at about 8:19 a.m. on Oct. 16 and charged with driving with a suspended license.
According to police, an officer patrolling near Old Pine Road saw a car driven by Anderson fail to stop at a stop sign. A traffic stop was made further down Old Pine Road.
A background check revealed that Anderson’s license was suspended. He was arrested without incident and transported to police headquarters. The owner of the car was notified and allowed to drive it from the scene.
Unless otherwise noted, the information for this article was compiled from Narragansett police reports, which are available for review by any member of the public at their headquarters on Caswell Street. If we’re missing a call or report you’re interested in knowing about, feel free to leave a comment or to send Local Editor Stephen Greenwell a message at Stephen.email@example.com.
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