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  • Swerving Driver Charged With DUI

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

    WARWICK, RI — Thedriver Officer Steven Moretti stopped for speeding and swerving onJefferson Boulevard, Main Avenue and Post Road Feb. 1 at 11:27 p.m. asked himif he had anything better to do shortly before he arrested her on a DUI charge.

    Moretti had spotted the driver, Jodi Gillardi,45, of 100 Williamsburg Circle, Apt. 4, Warwick, pull out of WhethersfieldCommons on Jefferson Boulevard in a gray Honda CR-V, speeding at about 60 mph,crossing the center line before stopping at the red light at the intersectionof Main Avenue before continuing, again swerving over the center line. Morettistopped the SUV near 2914 Post Road and spoke with Gillardi, according to theofficer’s report.

    During theirconversation, Moretti could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Gillardi’sbreath, and noticed both slurred speech and a flushed face as he spoke with thedriver.

    Officer JacobElderkin arrived to assist at his request. When Moretti asked the driver how

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    much she had drank that night, she replied she had drank a few vodka and sodas.She also said she was only driving a short distance, that she felt fine, andthat she didn’t feel drunk, according to the officer’s report.

    Gillardi also toldMoretti, “I can’t believe this is happening. Don’t you guys have somethingbetter to do?”

    Moretti asked her totake a series of sobriety tests, which she didn’t perform well, according tothe officer’s report. Gillardi exhibited a lack of smooth pursuit andinvoluntary eye movement in her vision, was unable to walk a straight line asinstructed and used her arms for balance during a one-leg stand test.

    Moretti arrested heron suspicion of DUI, and arranged for her car to be taken from the road byScorpio Towing.

    At Warwick PoliceHeadquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, Gillardi registed a .182 and .170 on successive breath alcohol tests.

    Moretti citedGillardi with lane violations and charged her with driving under the influence

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    of alcohol, the latter of which she was issued a court summons to appear inThird Division Court to answer on Feb. 22.

    Gillardi was releasedinto the custody of a sober adult.