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Women Charged after Staff and Customers of Fieldstones Stop a DUI

Two women, from Portsmouth and Little Compton respectively, were charged with a variety of offenses that included a DUI and disorderly conduct.

The Portsmouth Police Department's headquarters on East Main Road. (Patch file photo.)
The Portsmouth Police Department's headquarters on East Main Road. (Patch file photo.)

Two area women were charged with a variety of offenses after police were called when they allegedly tried to drive away from Fieldstones Restaurant while intoxicated on July 13.

Police said they were dispatched to the parking lot of the restaurant at 9:33 p.m. for a report of a drunk driver trying to leave.

The staff and customers were trying to stop the women, identified as Erin Elise Barry, 44, of 62 Sakonnet Drive, Portsmouth; and Jean Marie Fontaine, 49, of 86 Willow Ave., Little Compton, from leaving in a BMW operated by Fontaine, according to a police report.

Upon arrival, police ordered Fontaine to turn off the car and she appeared disoriented, police said. She later failed a field sobriety test, leading to a charge of driving under the influence.

Barry, police said, refused to get out of the car when ordered by police and launched into an expletive-laden tirade directed at both officers and the crowd that had gathered around the scene. Once out of the car, she allegedly spat in an officer’s face and struggled against efforts to put her into handcuffs.

Witnesses at the scene said the women had been at the restaurant and were fine until they “eventually displayed extreme intoxication,” police said. On their way out, they allegedly were “dry humping” a man at the bar before they tried to leave. Staff said they asked them not to drive and offered to get them a taxi, but they declined.

Witnesses then saw them fall in the parking lot as they made their way to the car. A couple with a small child then asked them not to drive and a heated argument arose.

All told, Barry was charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, simple assault and disorderly conduct and was later released with a court summons.

Fontaine was charged with refusing a chemical test in addition to the DUI charge.

Not my first rodeo July 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Hahahahahahaha these ladies sound like a blast to go out with!!!
Robert E July 17, 2014 at 04:06 PM
What charges were brought against Fieldstones. Serving an intoxicated person is illegal and a violation of their liquor license. They did not suddenly get drunk when they got up.
Not my first rodeo July 18, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Lol they were probably on xanax too like every other middle aged woman in portsmouth
JSmith July 22, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Hmmmmmmmmm. They did not stand up suddenly drunk, that bartender served them to intoxication and covered their ass by calling the cops....
Nard Glimrod July 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Out of curiosity, why are mug shots sometimes posted in Patch police arrest articles (e.g., these two schlubs: http://tiverton.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/vehicle-break-in-suspects-arrested) but other times not? In the case of these two drunken tootsies, are the mug shots not available from the Portsmouth PD or were they not published for some other reason?

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