WARWICK, RI — A Providence man driving a red 1997 Honda Accord he’d just bought was stopped by Warwick Police at the intersection of East Avenue and Bald Hill Road Oct. 27 at 8:37 p.m. and arrested for driving without a license and with stolen plates.
Officer Evan Johnson was stationed at the intersection when he spotted the Honda and checked the plates, registered to a 2004 Buick, which were also reported stolen. Johnson pulled the car over at 400 East Avenue, near the Community College of Rhode Island campus, and spoke with the driver, later identified as Daniel Alcantara, 26, of 26 Mt. Vernon St., Apt. 1L, Providence, according to the officer’s report.
Alcantara told Johnson he had just bought the car, and produced a receipt dated Oct. 7. He said he hadn’t yet gotten it registered, or purchased insurance for the car. When informed that the plates didn’t match the car, Alcantara explained that a friend had given him the plates after taking them off of a pickup truck, according to the report.
Johnson checked Alcantara’s license and also discovered it had been suspended. He arrested Alcantara for driving with a suspended license and also for receiving stolen property, namely, the license plates.
Johnson transported Alcantara to Warwick Police Headquarters, where he was charged with driving without a license and receiving stolen goods, and scheduled for court hearings on each charge. He was also held for court as a probation violator.