DUI, assault charges top Portsmouth police reports

Assault charges topped Portsmouth police reports this past week in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Simple assault and driving under the influence (DUI) charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week.

Featured below are the police reports, provided by the Portsmouth Police Department. 

 

Portsmouth woman charged with simple assault and battery

Bethany Catherine Cottrell, 38, of 33 Stubtoe Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested on June 21 at 8:49 a.m. and charged with domestic, simple assault and battery. A Portsmouth man known to the suspect told police he was repeatedly physically assaulted over a span of four to five weeks, alleging Cottrell pushed and punched him during this time. 

 

Fall River man charged with DUI

Timothy John Svendsen, 29, of 194 Mulberry St., Apt. 1W, Fall River, Mass., was arrested on June 20 at 9:05 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) unknown.

On June 20, at 8:46 a.m., police on patrol were dispatched to check the condition of an operator driving south on Route 24. The vehicle reportedly struck a utility pole. A caller also told police the driver was seen waving a possible firearm over his head.

Police later observed a vehicle traveling slowly south on West Main Road near Turkey Hill. The vehicle had significant front end damage. After the vehicle was stopped, the driver allegedly began making movements under the driver’s seat, according to police reports. The officer drew his weapon and ordered the man to exit the vehicle.

The driver, Svendsen, was handcuffed. After a search of the vehicle, police did not locate any weapons.

According to police, the driver’s eyes appeared glossy. After failing a field sobriety test, Svendsen was transported to the police station where he agreed to submit to a chemical blood test. Svendsen was later transported to Newport Hospital for the blood test. The results are pending.

 

Portsmouth man arrested in liquor store parking lot

Angel Merced, 41, of 34 Bramans Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested on June 18 at 12:20 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC 0.10 to 0.15, and driving after suspension or revocation of license.

On June 18, at 12:05 p.m., police were called to Ferreira’s liquor store to check the condition of an operator. The caller told police a vehicle was traveling behind her vehicle, and was operating erratically. The vehicle then entered the parking lot of Ferreira’s liquor store and nearly struck another vehicle.

Using a cruiser, police blocked the suspect’s vehicle from exiting the parking lot. Officers discovered a small liquor bottle opened and numerous unopened liquor bottles in the center console.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Merced, was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.221 on the first phase and 0.227 on the second phase. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.

 

Fall River man charged with DUI

Rafael Danilo Mejia, 24, of 378 Goodwin St., Apt. C, Fall River, Mass., was arrested on June 18 at 1:12 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC of 0.10 to 0.15.

Police were called to West Main Road and Kings Grant for a DUI investigation on June 18 at 1:01 a.m. A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed north on West Main Road was stopped.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Mejia, was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.130 on the first phase and 0.126 on the second phase.

 

North Kingstown man charged with DUI

Kevin Earl Silva, 32, of 121 Hamilton Allenton Road, North Kingstown, was arrested on June 16 at 11:56 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On June 16, at 11:42 p.m., police were called to Bristol Ferry Road for a DUI investigation. A vehicle was stopped after multiple traffic violations, including traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was recorded at traveling at 62 mph in a 45-mph zone.

The driver’s eyes appeared glassy and watery, according to police. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Silva, was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test.

 

Portsmouth man charged with DUI

Nicholas Lovell, 31, of 24 Child St., Apt. 3, Portsmouth, was arrested on June 16 at 1:45 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC unknown, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on June 16 at 1:18 a.m. The vehicle was stopped in the area of Sunny Acres.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Lovell, was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test. 

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