JPD Blotter: DUI, Stolen Plate Arrests

The following information was supplied by the Johnston Police Department. Where an arrest is reported, it does not indicate a conviction.


reported the following accidents this week:

DUI, Stolen Plates:

On Aug. 18, officers arrested two drivers involved in an accident on Plainfield Street.

Ptlm. Joseph McGinn reported that he responded to the scene at 930 Plainfield St., where he found two motorcycles laying in the roadway.

Helder Ferreira, the driver of one of the motorcycles, told McGinn that he had been traveling east when the car driven by Paulino Alvarado, of Providence, "abruptly turned left into the side of him."

The second motorcycle driver, identified as Daniel DaRosa, said that he turned to avoid Ferreira's motorcycle and "landed in the middle of the roadway," McGinn wrote in his report.

When Ptlm. Michael Andreozzi tried to speak with Alvarado, he "could not speak clearly," McGinn reported, and officers arrested Alvarado on suspicion of driving under the influence.

A check of DaRosa's registration plates showed that the Providence Police Department had reported them stolen, McGinn wrote, and officers arrested DaRosa for receiving stolen goods.

Mixed Signal?:

Police cited a North Providence man for failing to yield the right of way on Aug. 19 after his car struck another vehicle on Hartford Avenue near Reservoir Avenue.

Ptlm. John DeAngelis reported that he found the two cars facing opposite directions on the dirt shoulder on Hartford Avenue.

Micah Howdy, of Norwood, MA, told DeAngelis that he had been traveling east on Hartford Avenue near the Reservoir Avenue intersection when the car driven by Michael Bresette of North Providence approached in the westbound lane.

According to DeAngelis's report, Howdy said that as he entered the intersection, Bresette's car turned in front of him. Howdy told DeAngelis that he tried to stop his car, "but was unable to avoid a collision."

DeAngelis reported that he then went to Rhode Island Hospital to speak with Bresette, who had been transported by Johnston Fire and Rescue personnel after complaining of neck and back pain.

Bresette said that he had seen the headlights on Howdy's car "flash on and off," indicating that he could take the left-hand turn.

DeAngelis reported that he issued Bresette a citation for failure to yield when making a left-hand turn.

Signs Damaged:

Ptlm. Derick Ofori reported a single-car accident on Aug. 20 at the intersection of Greenville Avenue and George Waterman Road.

According to Ofori, he and DeAngelis went to the scene and found two road signs, which had previously been posted in the traffic island at the intersection, laying in the roadway, Ofori noted.

The two officers also located the car driven by Kenny Newton, of North Providence, a short distance up the road.

Ofori wrote that Newton told the officers that he had been traveling south on Greenville Avenue when a car approaching from the other direction "crossed the double yellow line into his lane of travel."

Newton said he then tried to avoid the collision and drove up onto the island, knocking down the traffic signs, Ofori reported.

Other than identifying the other car as an "older [Pontiac] Grand Prix," Newton couldn't provide any other information, Ofori wrote, and officers did not find any other witnesses to the accident at the scene.


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