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Man Charged With Intentionally Striking, Killing Turkey With SUV

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI — Warwick Police charged an 18-year-old Warwick man with malicious killing of animals Oct. 16 after witnesses reported he deliberately struck and killed a turkey on DeSota Avenue.

Officer Matthew Higgins was called to the neighborhood at 6:05 p.m., where he found the SUV, a white 2004 Ford Expedition, parked in front of 79 Loyd Ave., unoccupied. The woman who’d reported the incident was in front of the house, according to the officer’s report.

The woman said she had been in her front yard, with her young son playing nearby, when she saw the SUV, driving on the wrong side of the street, aim for and strike a turkey in front of her house, coming within two feet of her son, according to the report. The driver, she told the officer was Chester Moore, 18, of 79 Lloyd Ave., Warwick.

She said the turkey was about one foot away from the end of her driveway when the Expedition struck it. After, the SUV continued speeding down the street, without making an attempt to stop, she said, according to Higgins’s report.

The woman said she followed the SUV down Burgess Drive on to Lasalle Drive, then Strawberry Field Road onto West Shore Road and finally to 79 Lloyd Avenue. where she saw Moore and three teen girls get out of the SUV and enter the house.

Officer John Zaborski spoke with two of the SUV’s passengers, adding their statements to the officers’ investigation.

The officers arrested Moore, charging him with reckless driving and malicious killing of an animal. He also had a warrant for his arrest for one charge each of vandalism, disorderly conduct and one charge of firing a BB gun in a compact area.

Rob Borkowski
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