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WPD Log: DUI Arrests, Car Left on Blocks, Wallet Thief Takes Rock

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.

Editor’s note: The following publicly available arrest information and police reports  were provided by the Warwick Police Department. Arrests reflect charges against an individual, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Warwick, RI – Warwick Police made a trio of DUI arrests and responded to several larcenies between Dec. 21 and 26:

Erratic Driver arrested for DUI – On Dec. 21 at 9:33 p.m., Warwick Police Officer Kevin McGuire was called to the area of Greenwood Credit Union  for a report of a possible drunk driver.

En route, another officer radioed to say he was behind the suspected car, a white 2007 Ford Mustang, pulling him over at 18 Myrtle St. The driver, Derek Paquette, 26, who lived at the address, told McGuire he was returning from the bank, according to McQuire’s report.

As Paquette spoke, McGuire said in his report, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Using slurred speech, Paquette also told the officer he had drunk a few beers two hours ago.

McGuire asked him to perform series of sobriety tests, which he failed, exhibiting a lack of smooth pursuit in his vision, breaking heel-to-toe steps during the walk and turn, and putting his foot down during the one-leg stand.

McGuire arrested Paquette, charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol, and issued a citation for refusing to submit to a chemical test, refusal of a breath test, failing to observe stop signs, and failing to use turn signals.

Driver arrested for DUI after crash  – On Dec. 21 at 7:43 p.m., Officer Manuel Pacheco responded to the area of the Warwick Fire Dept at 1501 West Shore Road for a car crash.

Pacheco spoke with one of the drivers involved, William Smith, 54, of 184 Riverside Ave., Warwick, who was leaning against the side of his white Ford F-150, stopped on Draper Avenue just off West Shore Road, according to the officer’s report.

Pacheco saw Smith stumble as he walked to the officer. Smith said he took a left onto Draper in front of an oncoming vehicle, at which time the two vehicles collided.

Pacheco reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol on Smith’s breath, and asked him to take a series of sobriety tests, which he refused to submit to.

Pacheco arrested Smith, charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol. Pacheco also issued Smith citations for failure to yield the right of way and operating without evidence of insurance.

Cranston man arrested for DUI after two-car crash  – On Dec. 21 at 7:43 p.m.,On Dec. 22 at about 5:17 p.m., Officer Nicholas Reay was called to the intersection of Samuel Gorton and Armstrong Avenues for a report of a crash, arresting  Mark Rowland, 52, of 40 Francis St., Apt. 3rd Floor, Cranston, for DUI.

Rims, tires taken from car – On Dec. 24 at 9 a.m., Officer Stephen Major was called to Cedar Pond Drive for a report of the theft of car parts.

At the address, the officer spoke with the owner of a 2013 Honda Accord, who said sometime between Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 9 a.m., someone had taken all four rims and tires from her car, leaving it on blocks. The worth of the stolen items was about $6,500.

GPS stolen from woman’s van – On Dec. 25, at 6:25 p.m., Officer Matthew Barlow was called to Park View Ave. for a report of larceny from a van.

The owner of the van said that at about 5:45 p.m., she noticed someone had entered the van and taken her Garmin Nuvi GPS worth $200.

Diamond ring stolen from car – On Dec. 26 at about 3 p.m., Officer Stephen Major took a report from a woman who said her wallet had been taken from her 2003 Volkswagen while it was parked at Walgreens on Warwick Avenue. during her shift.

Inside the wallet, among other things, she said, was a diamond ring worth $10,000.

Rob Borkowski
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 Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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