PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI) charges, and a car ending up in a marsh, topped Portsmouth police reports this past week.
Middletown man charged with DUI
Stephen Thomas Fierro, 23, of 115B Niagara St., Middletown, was arrested on March 24 at 3:22 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.
An officer on patrol on March 24 observed a dark-colored SUV traveling northbound on East Main Road. The officer observed the vehicle strike the curb, kick up dirt, and drive on the grass on the side of the road. The vehicle was stopped on East Main Road and Immokolee Drive.
The driver, identified as Fierro, told police he was heading to Middletown from Connecticut. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy. The driver was asked to perform a field sobriety test. During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered 5 empty alcoholic “nips” in the center console.
After being transported to the police station, Fierro underwent a chemical test. The first sample taken at 4:36 a.m. measured a BAC of 0.229, while a second sample taken at 4:40 a.m. showed a BAC of 0.223. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.
Portland, Maine, man charged with DUI
Russell Maurice Gelinas, 57, of 48 Yale St., Portland, Maine, was arrested on March 22 at 9:29 p.m. and charged with DUI, alcohol, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On March 22, at 9:14 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of West Main Road and Cory’s Lane to check the condition of an operator. A caller informed police about a vehicle operating erratically in the area of West Main Road and Cory’s Lane. Upon arrival, police observed a vehicle parked just off Cory’s Lane in the area of West Main Road.
The vehicle’s motor was running and the driver, identified as Gelinas, appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat. The driver told police he was driving to Newport and pulled over to rest. Police observed a strong odor of alcohol.
After failing a field sobriety test, Gelinas was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test. While searching the vehicle, police discovered a cooler on the passenger side floor. Inside the cooler was a Growler labeled “IPA from Trinity Brewhouse” and 4 Wesside ale cans.
Newport man charged with drug possession
Edward E. Kettner, 33, of 57 Calendar Ave., Apt. 1, Newport, was arrested on March 22 at 12:23 a.m. and charged with possession of Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V.
On March 22, an officer on patrol at 12:04 a.m. along East Main Road in the area of Park Avenue observed a man walking in the roadway towards Aquidneck Avenue. As the officer drove by, the man began to wave for the cruiser to stop. The man told police he missed the bus and asked the officer to provide him a ride to Cottage Avenue.
The officer observed the man’s speech appeared slow. After the officer asked for the man’s ID, the man opened his wallet, which contained a Suboxone film packet. The man told police he did not have a prescription for the film packet.
East Providence man charged with marijuana possession, obstruction
Ronald Lee Brown, 26, of 22 Benson Ave., Rumford, was arrested on March 21 at 5:39 p.m. and charged with the following: possession of marijuana, 1 ounce or less, and obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. Brown was also wanted on 2 Supper Court bench warrants from Sixth District Court at the time of his arrest.
On March 21, at 4:40 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling south with multiple items hanging from its rear view mirror. The vehicle was stopped in the area of King Charles Drive and West Main Road.
A passenger in the vehicle told police his name was “Devon Brown.” A cross search revealed a picture of the alias name “Devon Brown,” which did not match the passenger inside the vehicle. Police later discovered the passenger had 2 active bench warrants. Upon searching the passenger, police discovered a small baggy of marijuana in his sweatshirt pocket.
Tiverton man charged with larceny
John Paul Nunes, 24, of 349 Judson St., Tiverton, was arrested on March 23 at 7:04 p.m. and charged with larceny under $1,500.
On Feb. 24, at 8:06 a.m., police were dispatched to a residence on East Main Road for a reported larceny. A Portsmouth woman told police Nunes had stayed over her house and later left with a backpack containing several items, including a social security card, bank debit card, and credit card.
On March 23, Portsmouth police were contacted by the Adult Correctional Institutions, which informed officers Nunes was in custody. He was transported to Newport Superior Court on March 24.
North Dartmouth woman charged with DUI
Benita Rose Monteiro, 68, of 564 High Hill Road, North Dartmouth, Mass., was arrested on March 21 at 1:44 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On March 21, at 1:18 a.m., an officer traveling northbound on West Main Road in the area of Flanagan Road witnessed a vehicle with a non-functioning, passenger side tail light. The police cruiser turned on its emergency lights to stop the vehicle, which continued to travel. The vehicle stopped when the police officer turned on the vehicle siren, according to police reports. When asked later why she didn’t stop, the driver told police she thought he was going around her vehicle.
The driver told police she was traveling to Dartmouth from the Newport Grand. The officer observed the driver’s speech to be slurred and detected an odor of alcohol. After failing a field sobriety test, she was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test.
Portsmouth woman charged with vandalism
Sonya Denise Moitoza, 39, of 49 Kristen Court, Portsmouth, was arrested on March 20 at 10:56 a.m. and charged with domestic vandalism, malicious injury to property, a misdemeanor.
A Portsmouth man told police he got into an argument with Moitoza. As he was walking away, Moitoza allegedly grabbed his backpack and chain, which was attached to his wallet. He later discovered his wallet was missing. The wallet was later found after Moitoza contacted the victim.
Portsmouth man charged with disorderly conduct
Bobbie Gaspar, 45, of 24 Morgan St., Portsmouth, was arrested on March 20 at 8:12 a.m. and charged with domestic, disorderly conduct. Gaspar turned himself in on the charges at the Portsmouth Police Station on March 20.
A Portsmouth woman reported to police she received multiple text messages and a threatening phone call from Gaspar.
Warren man charged with DUI after car found in marsh
Kurt Edward Gensel, 26, of 135 Water St., Warren, was arrested on March 19 at 4:11 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, .15 or greater, and reckless driving.
On March 19, at 2:20 a.m., police observed a vehicle traveling northbound on West Main Road at a high rate of speed. The roadway was slick at this time due to snow. Police obtained a radar reading of the vehicle, which was traveling at 77 mph in a 45-mph zone. Due to road conditions, police followed the vehicle at a safe distance.
At 2:50 a.m., the vehicle was located deep in the marsh area of Park Avenue and Norseman Drive. The vehicle appeared to have traveled off the roadway and into the marsh before coming to a stop behind a large hill. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time.
The Portsmouth Fire Department was able to use an infrared camera to locate the suspect 200 feet north of the vehicle. The suspect, identified as Gensel, declined transportation to the hospital, according to police reports.
Gensel informed police he was previously at Applebee’s restaurant and later IHOP. He told police a “black guy” jumped into his vehicle and forced him to continue to drive. He also stated the “black guy” was still in the marsh area. No other individuals were found in the marsh using the infrared camera.
Gensel also told police he had consumed a “couple beers” earlier in the evening. Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy.
After failing a field sobriety test, Gensel was transported to the police station. He submitted to a chemical test. The first phase measured a BAC of .155, while the second phase measured a BAC of .159. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.
Middletown man charged with DUI
Colby Christopher Marks, 25, of 1069 Green End Ave., Middletown, was arrested on March 19 at 1:46 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On Sunday, March 19, at 1:34 a.m., police stopped a motor vehicle traveling south on East Main Road in the area of Sea Meadow Drive. Police observed the driver’s side tires cross over the double yellow lane divider. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of Cumberland Farms at East Main Road and Stubtoe Lane.
The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol, while the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot, watery and glassy. The driver told police he consumed 4 beers. After failing a field sobriety test, Marks was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test.
Providence woman charged with DUI
Cristy Marie Camacho, 21, of 964 Broad St., Apt. 3C, Providence, was arrested on March 18 at 12:02 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
Police on patrol Friday, March 17, at 11:46 p.m. observed a vehicle traveling south on West Main Road near Raytheon in the middle of the southbound lanes. The vehicle was stopped at Prescott Point.
Police observed an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver’s eyes appeared watery and glassy. The driver told police she had 2 Captain and Coke drinks.
After failing a field sobriety test, Camacho was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test.