DUI, breaking and entering charges top police reports

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week. Featured below are reports from this past week’s arrests. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI), and breaking and entering charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week.

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

 

Portsmouth woman arrested after allegedly damaging $3,000 grandfather clock

Elisa Marie Gobany, 52, of 215 Rhode Island Boulevard, Portsmouth, was arrested on May 22 at 3:41 p.m. and charged with simple assault or battery, vandalism or malicious injury to property, and resisting arrest.

On May 22, at 3:11 p.m., police were called to a residence on East Main Road for an alleged assault. Upon arrival, police spoke with Gobany and the victim, a Portsmouth woman. The victim knew Gobany, having previously rented a room to her. 

The victim told police Gobany showed up at her house, allegedly intoxicated, and asked for a ride. Gobany then asked the victim for a phone, in which an argument ensued.

At one point, Gobany allegedly pushed the victim and grabbed her by the arm, leaving a scratch. Gobany then allegedly pushed a black grandfather clock, valued at $3,000, causing it to fall and its glass to shatter.

At the scene, police placed Gobany in the back of a police cruiser. She later refused to leave the cruiser, and be handcuffed, attempting to pull her arms away, according to police reports. After a brief struggle, Gobany was handcuffed and transported to the police station. 

 

Tiverton woman charged with DUI

Sherri Ann Walker, 38, of 390 Brayton Road, Tiverton, was arrested on May 23 at 10:26 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) unknown.

On May 22, at 10:05 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of East Main Road and Sandy Point Avenue for a report of a car hitting a pole.

A white Ford Taurus was heading north on East Main Road before colliding with a telephone pole, which split in half. National Grid was notified.

The operator of the vehicle, Walker, was outside the vehicle upon arrival. While speaking with the driver, police detected a strong odor of alcohol. Her eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. A search of the driver discovered an open Smirnoff nip bottle inside her left jacket pocket.

Walker was transported by the Portsmouth Fire Department to Newport Hospital for evaluation. Walker submitted to a blood test at the hospital. 

 

Tiverton man charged with DUI

Maulik Mahendrakumar Patel, 36, of 131 Caribou Way, Tiverton, was arrested on May 21 at 11:41 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC 0.15 or greater.

On May 21, at 11:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of West Main Road and Cory’s Lane for a vehicle operating erratically. Police observed a vehicle swerve back into the right lane of travel and then abruptly swerve back into the breakdown lane. Police stopped the vehicle in the area of Route 24 North and Boyd’s Lane.

The driver, Patel, and a female passenger told police they were coming from a wedding in Newport. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol.

After failing a field sobriety test, Patel was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.184 on the first sample and 0.179 on the second sample. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.

 

Portsmouth man arrested after motor vehicle accident with bicyclist 

Peter Ellsworth Rinkel, 19, of 210 Cedar Ave., Portsmouth, was arrested on May 21 at 7:22 p.m. and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing an officer in the execution of duty, and driving after denial, suspended or revocation of license.

On May 21, at 6:57 p.m., police were flagged down by a group of individuals in the Sprague Street area, where they advised officers about a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.

Police first spoke with the bicyclist, who was uninjured. Police then spoke with the driver, Rinkel, who had a suspended license.

At one point, police observed Rinkel reach into the center console of the vehicle and grab an unknown item, which later appeared to be a small bag of marijuana.

According to police reports, Rinkle was “uncooperative and resisted” being placed into handcuffs. He was then arrested and transported to the police station. He was also issued a summons for possession of marijuana. 

 

Taunton woman charged with DUI

Catia Moniz Teles, 31, of 22 Whittenton St., Taunton, Mass., was arrested on May 21 at 12:07 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On May 20, at 11:47 p.m., police were on patrol in the area of West Main Road and Cindy’s Café, where they observed a vehicle drift over the double yellow line. Police stopped the vehicle a short time later. 

The driver’s eyes appeared blood and glassy. Police also detected a strong odor of alcohol.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, identified as Teles, was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test.

 

Bristol man charged with breaking and entering 

Robert Earl Stackhouse, 46, of 155 Bradford St., Apt. 2D, Bristol, was arrested on May 20 at 10:22 p.m. and charged with breaking and entering a dwelling without consent, a felony; vandalism or malicious injury to property, a misdemeanor; and resting arrest, a misdemeanor.

On May 20, at 10:03 p.m., police were called to a residence on Cedar Avenue for a report of a breaking and entering in progress.

The caller told police that he observed a white man, wearing a light-colored T-shirt and plaid shorts, attempt to kick in the front door. The caller also described the man as having his hair tied in a ponytail. He was also carrying a dark-colored backpack. 

Police soon arrived and entered the backyard, where they observed a man matching the description standing near the back door. The man, swaying slightly, stood with his hands behind his back.

Police ordered the man to display his hands several times, but the man refused, according to police reports. The two police officers then drew their service weapons and ordered the man to show his hands. The man then dropped to his knees, according to police reports, but did not show his hands.

After a brief struggle, the man was handcuffed. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol.

The man, identified as Stackhouse, told police he was homeless and wanted to enter the residence. He also told police he was unsure if anybody was inside the residence at the time, according to police reports. Stackhouse was later transported to the police station. 

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