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Woman Gets 'Pinched By the Cops' Twice in 3 Days

Charges are based on reports from the South Kingstown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

South Kingstown Police Department. Patch file photo.
South Kingstown Police Department. Patch file photo.

A Jamestown woman pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving Dec. 7 was reportedly confused when officers explained the instructions to field sobriety tests. Her confusion is surprising given that she had gone through the process just three days before.

Deborah E. Brayton, 62, of 45 Pemberton Ave., Apt. F27, Jamestown, was charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test after she nearly collided with another car on Kingstown Road in front of an officer sitting in the Midas Muffler parking lot, according to police reports.

It was her second DUI charge in three days.

When officers turned on the lights behind her car, Brayton reportedly stopped in the middle of the road instead of pulling over and stared at officers through a closed window until they knocked on the glass. As the window opened, an immediate smell of alcohol flooded out, according to reports, and Brayton had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, though she denied drinking that night.

Brayton had difficulty following instructions during field sobriety tests, reports indicate, leading to her arrest, though she probably should have known the drill by then. 

Three days earlier, on Dec. 4, officers received reports of an erratic driver at Broad Roack and Kingstown roads. After finding her car pulling into the South County YMCA, officers approached to a warm welcome from Brayton: “Good evening officer,” she reportedly said. “I think I’ve had too much to drink.”

Brayton went on to explain she had a few drinks that night, but had no other way to get home, so she decided to drive. “You know, my roommate told me I was gonna get pinched by the cops tonight,” she reportedly told police. “But I said, yeah right, I’m fine. Of course, I was sober then.”

Brayton reportedly had difficulty understanding instructions during field sobriety tests, allegedly failing all three.

Other arrests:

Armindo J. Median, 61, of 44 Brown St., Naragansett, was arrested on a 3rd District Court bench warrant and charged with violating a no-contact order Dec. 5.

Daniel Cabrera, 24, of 52 Superior St., Apt. FL2, Providence, was charged with driving with a suspended license Dec. 9 after officers ran his plates, reportedly finding the registration expired, and pulled him over on Tower Hill Road.

Alexis Marie Engstrume, 25, of 430 High St., Apt. 1, Wakefield, was arrested on a 4th District Court bench warrant and charged with driving with a suspended license Dec. 6 after she was involved in an accident on Tower Hill Road.

Darlene F. Monroe, 57, of 55 Meadowbrook Way, Apt. 3, South Kingstown, was charged with driving with a suspended license Dec. 6 after being pulled over for reportedly crossing the double yellow lines during a turn on Columbia Road.

David E. Crisp, 50, of 1667 Flat River Road, Apt. A, Coventry, was arrested on a 6th District Court bench warrant Dec. 6 after being pulled over on High Street for lacking an inspection sticker.

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