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Three Car Crash Sept. 21 Leads to Woman’s DUI Arrest

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 — Officer Timothy Tavares found a woman sitting near a three-car crash at 771 Warwick Ave. Sept. 21 at 8 p.m, then arrested her on suspicion of DUI.

According to Tavares’s report, he found the woman, later identified as Holly Frye, 48, of 300 Lambert Lind Highway, Warwick, sitting in the street near a green Mustang with heavy front-end damage, the worst of the three vehicles involved.

While identifying the woman, who was barefoot, Tavares noted her speech was slurred, her eyes bloodshot, and that she smelled of alcohol, according to the report.

When asked how much she had drank that night, Frye replied she’d had three nips and had been trying to get something to eat before driving herself to detox, according to the report.

After Frye refused medical attention and rescue transport, Tavares guided her through a series of sobriety tests, during which she exhibited a lack of smooth pursuit and involuntary movement in her vision, difficulty maintaining heel-toe cadence, and difficulty balancing on one foot, he reported.

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Tavares arrested Frye on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and transported her to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where she refused to submit to a breath test of her blood alcohol content.

Tavares charged Frye with DUI, alcohol, blood alcohol content unknown, and cited for refusing the test. She was scheduled to answer the charges in Third District Court Oct. 17 and at the RI Traffic Tribunal Oct. 11, respectively.

She was released and transported to Kent Hospital.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.