Woman with child in car charged with DUI

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police arrested and charged a woman with a child in a car with driving under the influence (DUI) Thursday.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Portsmouth police received multiple calls from motorists that a vehicle, a 2014 Black Chevy Cruze, was seen operating erratically northbound on East Main Road.

According to the calls received, the vehicle was first observed in Middletown, where it nearly rear-ended another vehicle and continued traveling northbound. At one point, the vehicle was traveling in the southbound lanes while still operating north.

Officers observed the vehicle and stopped it on East Main Road near Lepes Road. At that point, the officers made contact with the operator, who was identified as Rebecca Cottle, 32, of 14 Tower Hill Road, Tiverton.

Rebecca Cottle of Tiverton (Photo provided by the Portsmouth Police Department)

Officers also observed Cottle’s eight-year-old son, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to the officers on scene, Cottle displayed obvious signs of intoxication, failed standardized field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Officers also observed several bottles of an alcoholic cider inside the vehicle.

The driver was taken back to police headquarters where she refused a chemical test and was processed.

Cottle was charged with DUI, second offense; refusal to submit to a chemical test, second offense; and driving with a suspended license. The Department of Children, Youth, and Family Services was contacted due to the child being inside the vehicle at the time of arrest.

The Tiverton woman will be arraigned Friday in Second District Court.

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