Friday, March 15, 2013
Patch sat down with a local DUI lawyer to learn about your rights.
As lawmakers discuss strengthening driving under the influence (DUI) laws in Rhode Island, the consequences for being found guilty of drunk driving could become even more severe. Local DUI Attorney Kevin Hagan said that while it is vital that law enforcement protect the citizens they serve and enforce the law, it is equally important that residents understand their rights when they are pulled over. “I’m not beating the drum that police shouldn’t be doing their job," Hagan said. “If people know their rights, it helps law enforcement do a better job. “The bottom line is very simple; people shouldn’t drink and drive." But police have a job to do, and a criminal defense lawyer has a job and obligation to uphold the Constitution, he said. …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Current Rhode Island DUI laws allow drivers under the age of 21 to have more alcohol in their system than drivers of legal drinking age.
A loophole in Rhode Island law allows drivers under the age of 21 to have a higher alcohol content than those of legal drinking age. For adults over the age of 21 the legal limit is .08, but for drivers under 21, the limit is .10, before the charge is criminal thanks to a loophole in Rhode Island general law. A bill (H5432/S0560), authored by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, will be discussed this week to close the gap, as part of a number of legislative initiatives aimed at strengthening the state’s DUI laws and improve highway safety. “It just makes sense that it is .08, for consistency sake, regardless of the age of the person,” said Sen. Louis DiPalma (Newport, Middletown, Tiverton, Little Compton) who is sponsoring the bill with …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Police received a complaint of "illegal dumping" at the former town landfill.
The following is a list of reports made by the Portsmouth Police Department from Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10. The information provided is based solely on police reports.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Stephanie Mitchell of Portsmouth was arrested after her vehicle crashed into a snowbank at the construction site for the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
Early Wednesday morning was a busy time for police at the construction site for the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The evening’s events began with a car crashing into a snow bank and a Portsmouth woman allegedly pulling a fire alarm at the police station. Police first observed a vehicle operating erratically on Park Avenue near Ivy Avenue at 12:55 a.m. The vehicle, operated by 23-year-old Stephanie Mitchell of 45 Wentworth Terrace, Portsmouth, apparently did not stop for police. “The vehicle refused to stop,” said Lt. Brian Peters of the Portsmouth Police Department. “The vehicle then entered onto Hummocks and took a right onto Riverside Avenue, and finally went down Railroad Avenue near the new Sakonnet River Bridge construction site.” The …
Friday, January 21, 2011
Brian Lebrecque, of Portsmouth, was arraigned in Second District Court on Friday on felony assault charges, as well as a DUI charge, stemming from a rollover accident on Rt. 24 northbound on Thursday night in Tiverton.
After their 2009 Toyota crashed and rolled over on Route 24 northbound on Thursday night, the driver, a Portsmouth man, allegedly threatened his female passenger’s life if she did not switch places with him in the driver’s seat before authorities arrived. Brian Lebrecque, 45, of 11 Debra Drive, Portsmouth, was arrested by Tiverton Police at 6:20 p.m. Thursday and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (first offense). Lebrecque was also charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle after the license was suspended and domestic assault and battery, third offense, which is a felony. According to Tiverton Police Lt. Patrick Jones, police received a 911 call reporting a two-car accident …
The Tiverton Police Department arrested a 45-year-old Portsmouth man Thursday night and charged him with DUI in connection with a two-vehicle accident on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
Tiverton police arrested a Portsmouth man Thursday night in connection with a two-vehicle accident on the Tiverton side of the Sakonnet River Bridge. Brian LaBrecque, 45, of 11 Debra Drive, Portsmouth was arrested at 6:20 p.m. on Route 24 and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (first offense). He was also charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle after the license was suspended and domestic assault and battery. According to the preliminary arrest report, LaBreque struck a vehicle that was operated by a female victim. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene of the accident driving south on Route 24. According to Lt. Patrick Jones, an accident report is still being compiled …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Sarah Larkin was sentenced Tuesday in Second District Court on the charge of DUI, second offense.
Sarah Larkin, 25, of 9 General Sullivan Circle, Portsmouth, was sentenced to pay $400 in court costs on Tuesday in Second District Court. Larkin was arrested on Oct. 4 in Portsmouth by State Police and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, second offense. She was previously arrested for DUI on March 12, 2009 in Plymouth, NH. Larkin pleaded not guilty and received a one-year loss of license, 20 days of home confinement and was ordered to take alcohol treatment classes.
Friday, December 10, 2010
The following actions were taken in Second District Court on Friday, Dec. 10.
The following actions were taken in Second District Court on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Three individuals were arrested this past weekend and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
The following is a list of arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department from Friday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 6. The information provided is based solely on police reports.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Douglas Silvia, 48, of 26 Davey Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 19, and charged with possession of cocaine.
The following is a list of arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department from Friday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 22. The information provided is based solely on police reports.