Woman charged with DUI after vehicle collides with guardrail

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police charged a Tiverton woman with driving under the influence (DUI) after the vehicle she was operating collided with a guardrail.

On Wednesday, March 13, at 2:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of West Main Road in the vicinity of Raytheon for an erratic operator. While searching the area, officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Route 24 North and Freeborn Street. The vehicle had left the lane of travel and collided with the guard rail.

The operator, Leslie Suzanne Lord,  41, of 29 Audet St., Tiverton, allegedly failed standardized field sobriety tests and preliminary breath test on scene.

Leslie Suzanne Lord (Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Police Department)

Lord was charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal of a chemical breath test.

As a precaution, the operator was taken to a local hospital and later released. The operator was arraigned before a Justice of the Peace Wednesday night at Portsmouth headquarters and released.

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