DUI charges top police reports this week in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police arrested 2 drivers on driving under the influence (DUI) charges this week following different traffic stops, according to police reports.

Taunton woman charged with DUI after family party

Karen Michelle Melanson, 40, of 194 Whittenton St., Apt. 1, Taunton, MA, was arrested on Jan. 28 at 1:47 a.m. Melanson was charged with DUI, first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) .15 or greater, a misdemeanor.

On Jan. 28 at 1:20 a.m., an officer on patrol near the Mount Hope Bridge at Bristol Ferry Road observed a vehicle traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was recorded on radar traveling at 60 mph in a 30-mph zone.

The officer observed the vehicle’s passenger side tires cross over the fog line multiple times. Police stopped the vehicle, a grey 2013 Toyota Corolla. Inside the vehicle was the driver, identified as Melanson, as well as 2 female passengers, including a 13-year-old family member.

Melanson told police she was coming from a family party, where she had 3 drinks. Officers observed her eyes to be bloodshot and her speech was slurred, according to police reports.

A preliminary Breathalyzer displayed a BAC of .176 percent. At the police station, Melanson agreed to a chemical test. The first sample displayed a BAC of .176 percent, while the second showed a BAC of .164 percent. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.


New York teen charged with DUI on way to party

Nicholas Kenneth Gray, 19, of 41 Grassy Knoll, Wading River, NY, a student at Roger Williams University, was arrested on Jan. 17 at 11:55 p.m. and charged with DUI, alcohol, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police were dispatched to Boyd’s Lane and Park Avenue for a report of an erratic driver on Jan. 17 at 11:37 p.m. An off-duty Tiverton police officer reported a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and striking curbs as it traveled on Boyd’s Lane towards Park Avenue.

The vehicle was found stopped in the breakdown lane of Park Avenue at Cedar Avenue with the vehicle running and headlights still on. Inside the vehicle was the driver, identified as Gray, and a male passenger.

Gray told police he pulled over on his way to a party on Park Avenue. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed the driver’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery, according to police reports. After failing a field sobriety test, Gray was transported to the police station, where he refused a chemical test.

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