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Passenger Tells Officers ‘Let’s Go’ After DUI Stop

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 – An aggressive driver on Post Road drew the attention of callers and a responding Warwick Police Officer Aug. 25, who arrested her and detained her passenger for detox treatment at Kent County Hospital after the latter attempted to fight arresting officers.

Officer Jamey Petit, called to the area of Post Road near International Motors for a motor vehicle offense in progress, found a blue Nissan Sentra driving three feet from the bumper of the car in front of it, a red Volkswagen. Petit followed the vehicles, pulling over the Nissan when it passed the Volkswagen then crossed the dotted center line dividing the road.

Petit spoke with the driver, Jaclyn Albanese, 25, of 95 Huling Road, North Kingstown, who told the officer she and her passenger had come from Boston Billiards, where she had drank two beers.

Albanse consented to field sobriety tests, which she failed. She displayed a lack of smooth pursuit in her vision, missed heel-to-toe cadence on every step of the walk-and-turn, and put her foot down and used her arms for balance during the one-leg-stand.

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Petit arrested Albanese, charging her with driving under the influence of alcohol and placed her in the officer’s cruiser for transport to Warwick Police headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

When the officer was finished, the passenger a 24-year-old woman, stepped out of the car in an agitated state, and approached Petit and a fellow officer, Michael Harris.

The passenger threw her purse to the ground, ignoring the officer’s instructions to stay in the car and said to Petit, “Let’s go,” clenching her hands into fists with arms spread wide.

Each officer seized an arm, and attempted to subdue the woman. She escaped their grasp, and ran to a cruiser, where she began banging her head on the hood before the officers could restrain her.

The woman was transported to Kent County Memorial Hospital for detox treatment. Albanese was transported to Warwick Police headquarters, where she registered a .137 and .132 on a breath alcohol test.

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In addition to the DUI charge, Albanese was also cited for lane violation and following to close to a vehicle.