Unless otherwise noted, information about the following incidents was supplied by the Narragansett Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Richmond Man Charged With Drunken Driving
Richard Arthur Scala, 25, of 20 Pine Hurst Drive, Richmond, was arrested at about 1:32 a.m. on Oct. 13 and charged with drunken driving, and cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test.
According to police, an officer driving on Point Judith Road noted a black sedan – driven by Scala – completely in the breakdown lane as it traveled. Police said the car then swerved to the left, almost hitting a car traveling in the opposite direction, before swerving back to the right, straddling the breakdown lane.
As a result, a traffic stop was made near Maplehurst Drive. Police noted that Scala appeared to be highly intoxicated, and had trouble lowering the automatic window to talk to the officer, and he also had trouble finding his license, registration and insurance card.
According to police, Scala attempted to take field sobriety tests, but during the final one, he told them, “Take me to jail, I’m so ****ed.” He was arrested at this point and charged with drunken driving.
Police said that Scala initially consented to a breath test at headquarters, but he attempted to breath too soon, which registered as an invalid sample. He then told police, “It’s an error, let me go,” and “I ain’t taking anymore of your ****ing tests, put me in jail.”
According to police, based on Scala’s probation status from other cases, he was held overnight and then transferred to the ACI at about 11:40 a.m.
Anonymous Call About Lighthouse Inn Leads to Arrests
Marcel M. Grillo, 19, of 48 New Lexington St., North Kingstown, was arrested at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 13 and charged with possession of marijuana.
According to police, an anonymous caller told a dispatcher that two people outside of the Lighthouse Inn approached him. The caller told the dispatcher that the people asked if he wanted any drugs, but the caller then disconnected.
Police said that when they responded to the scene, they found Grillo in a parked car with a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl. Police noted that while speaking with Grillo, the car interior smelled strongly of marijuana.
According to police, when they asked Grillo if he had any marijuana, he gave them a small baggie with marijuana in it. He was arrested without incident, processed at police headquarters and then released at about 4:30 a.m.
However, police said that while clearing the scene from Grillo’s arrest, they noted a dark color Nissan Maxima traveling suspiciously. Police noted that the car avoided the police cruiser, and instead of parking near the entrance to the inn, it went to an empty area on the west side of the building.
Police said that when they spoke to the driver, he told them that he was trying to get money together for a room. Police noted that there weren’t any wallets or money out while they spoke to the driver.
According to police, a background check of the four people in the car revealed that one of the passengers – Rosa N. Romero, 24, of 50 Prarie Ave., Apt. #325, Providence – had a Third Division District Court warrant out for her arrest.
Police said that warrant stemmed from Romero failing to appear at a restitution hearing. As a result, she was arrested without incident and transported to the ACI at about 4:15 a.m.
URI Students Cited for Transportation of Alcohol by a Minor
- Cody G. Frankel, 19, of 29 Old North Road, Kingston, was cited at about 7:35 p.m. on Oct. 13 and charged with transportation of alcohol by a minor. Police said Frankel is a student at the University of Rhode Island.
According to police, a white Honda driven by Frankel made a right-hand on to Angell Road from Point Judith Road, without a signal, and almost hit a truck in the process.
A traffic stop was made, and during the stop, police said a brown paper bag with several bottles of alcohol was visible on the floorboard. Police confiscated bottles of Burnett’s Hot Cinnamon, Fruit Punch and Pineapple vodka, and Frankel was cited.
- Jessilynn Minneci, 18, of 37 Newport Lane, Narragansett, was cited at about 9:53 p.m. on Oct. 13 and charged with transportation of alcohol by a minor. Police said Minneci is a student at the University of Rhode Island.
According to police, an officer noted a silver Chrysler Sebring driven by Minneci swerving on Point Judith Road. A traffic stop was made on Jamestown Boulevard as a result.
Police said that while speaking to Minneci, a six-pack of Bud Light Platinum was clearly visible on the rear floorboard. The beer was confiscated, along with a bottle of Burnett’s Pink Lemonade, and Minneci was cited.
Loud Party Broken Up on Alexander Drive
At about 1 a.m. on Oct. 13, police received a report of a loud party at 3 Alexander Drive.
According to police, about 70 to 80 people left the party as it was broken up, with six cars illegally parked on the street. Police said red Solo cups and beer cans littered the property.
The tenants were identified as 19-year-olds Justin D. Kolenda, Anthony Martinato, Ryan W. Moore, Kevin A. Patrizio and Michael V. Seminario. Police said all five signed the public nuisance form, and the report was forwarded to the community policing department.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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