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Police Log: Two DUIs, Warrants, No-Contact Order Violation

The following arrest information was provided by Portsmouth Police. They do not indicate a conviction.

VIOLATING NCO
Police charged Michael Daniel Iavarone, 20, of 3 Drawbridge Drive, West Warwick, with violating a no-contact order April 6 at 12:20 a.m. after they got a report the day before that he was planning to be in the presence of the subject of the no-contact order.

After an investigation, police said they found Iavarone in the passenger seat of the car belonging to the person he is barred from contact.

He was taken into custody without incident. 

DUI
A 27-year-old Tiverton man is facing his second driving under the influence charge and felony narcotics possession charges after he allegedly drove drunk on East Main Road near Portsmouth High School right before dismissal time on April 3.

Police said Matthew Thomas Gant, of 14 Riverview Ave., Tiverton, was observed driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone and drifted over the center line multiple times by an officer on patrol.

The officer also noticed that his brake lights weren’t functioning and the passenger’s side headlight was burned out.

Once stopped, Gant reportedly appeared intoxicated and later failed a field sobriety test.

Once in police custody, Gant’s car was searched and officers found a bag containing four blue pills later identified as 1 milligram Alprazolam tablets. Police also found an empty Clonazepam prescription bottle in the back seat.

Gant later refused a chemical test.

All told, Gant was charged with DUI, second offense; felony narcotics possession and issued Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summons for refusing a chemical test, a laned roadway violation and speeding.

He was released on personal recognizance and is due to appear in court on May 15 for a Attorney General conference.

On April 2, police charged Ian James Haas, 24, of 344 McCorrie Lane, Portsmouth, with driving under the influence after he was stopped for driving through a red light on Turnpike Avenue at around 2 a.m.

Police said that after a traffic stop, Haas appeared drunk.

Police said Haas registered blood alcohol level readings of .195 and .192 in two separate breath tests at police headquarters after his arrest.

He was released the later that morning.

WARRANTS
Police charged Robert David Medeiros, 31, of 16 Hughes St., Fall River, Mass., with a warrant April 2 after he was stopped on West Main Road by an officer who recognized him as he drove by a stationary traffic post.

Police said the officer knew that Medeiros had an active Second Division District Court bench warrant and recognized him from prior contacts.

The officer also noted that a large white sticker on the rear window of Medeiros’ truck was obstructing the operator’s view.

Medeiros was stopped and taken into custody without incident. He was given a verbal warning for the windshield obstruction violation and was later released on $5,000 surety bail. 

Police charged Douglas Bradley Freitas, 43, of 313 N. Corry St., Fall River, Mass., with a warrant April 1 at 4 p.m. after he was stopped on East Main Road for not wearing a seatbelt.

Police said a check of Freitas’ information showed he had an active Second Division District Court bench warrant and was taken into custody without incident.

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