Portsmouth woman arrested after running away with child from crash

A Portsmouth woman was arrested on April 9 after running away with a 2-year-old child from the scene of an accident in the area of Route 24 and Boyd's Lane.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Portsmouth woman was arrested on April 9 after running away with a young child from the scene of an accident. 

Elizabeth Angelina Lan, 30, of 10 Point Road, Apt. 2, Portsmouth, was arrested on April 9 at 9:03 p.m. and charged with the following: driving under the influence (DUI), first offense; duty to stop, accident resulting, damage to attending vehicle; resisting arrest; and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police were dispatched on April 9 at 8:43 p.m. to Route 24 and Boyd’s Lane for a report of a motor vehicle accident with reported injuries.

Upon arrival, police saw a disabled vehicle in the left travel lane with significant damage.

The driver left the vehicle on his own, and told police he sustained several lacerations and was experiencing bodily pain. The Portsmouth Fire Department transported the victim to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

A witness told police about a second vehicle involved in the accident. The vehicle was reportedly 200 feet north of the location.

The witness told police that a female carrying a small child fled the area on foot, running south towards Boyd’s Lane. The witness also told police she believed the woman was intoxicated or “on something.”

Police began searching the area and discovered a woman, identified as Lan, laying down with the 2-year-old child in the brush approximately 10 yards from the on-ramp to Route 24 and Boyd’s Lane. Neither the woman nor child displayed any physical injuries.

Police ordered the woman to place her hands behind her back. Lan allegedly became agitated and swung her arms, yelling profanities multiple times. As Lan was placed into handcuffs, she allegedly began attempting to kick and swing her arms in the direction of officers.

After refusing to submit to a field sobriety test, she was transported back to the police station where she refused a chemical test.

During a search of the vehicle, police discovered several “nip” alcoholic bottles. The child, who was uninjured, was transported to Newport Hospital for evaluation. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was also notified about the incident.


Portsmouth man charged with DUI


Richard Anthony Santos Jr., 26, of 23 Willow Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested on April 8 at 11:38 p.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, .10-.15 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

On April 8, at 11:22 p.m., police on patrol in the area of East Main Road and Power Street observed a truck following extremely close to the vehicle in front of it. The vehicle then swerved over the yellow lane divider.

The truck was stopped in the area of East Main Road and Dexter Street. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. The driver told police he had a few beers at a friend’s house.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, identified as Santos, was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.143 on the first reading and .145 on the second reading. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.


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