OMGPD: Driving Is Tough
Take a look at some of the more unusual police reports from around the state.
Driving is an adventure in North Kingstown.
From one police log covering just three days… A Coventry driver was charged with drunken driving after sideswiping a car, although he told police he hadn’t had a drink in 14 years. A pair of North Kingstown men tried to steal car parts from an auto salvage yard. After a traffic stop and a pat-down, a passenger told police he “forgot” he had a baggie of marijuana on him. A bunch of other cars have been broken into, and finally, a South Kingstown woman was arrested for reckless driving – with her daughter in the car – when police clocked her at 68 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. DCYF was notified.
Well, you’re not running for re-election anyway…
According to East Greenwich police reports, an East Greenwich School Committee member tried the Hollywood way of getting out of a ticket. When he was cited for driving with a suspended license, he allegedly told officers, “I’m going to call your chief!” This did not work any better than it does on television shows and movies.
Like a cat on a hot tin roof!
A Peacedale man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. His alleged crime? Well, hanging out on the roof of South Kingstown Town Hall. He was allegedly drunk, and a blew a .199 on a breath test. It was at 4:32 p.m., so employees at town hall were the ones who called police.
Speaking of cats…
Watch out for cats going rogue near the Arlington School in Cranston. While walking her dog, a woman told police she was bit by a cat. The cat was described as short-haired, with a golden color to it, with white markings. (Also in that police log: Trees falling on wires and cars, thanks to storms, and a case of false identity.)
And Spicoli wasn’t even involved!
What’s goin’ on in Johnston?
Oh, you know, the usual. Three more arrested after a samurai sword attack. No big deal. Probably just settling a duel, or the aftermath of a bloody quest of revenge following a wedding day attack.
The dirty dozen (of calls about lightning).
According to Middletown police, they had a dozen calls related to a lightning storm the morning of Aug. 15. One involved a man being struck by lightning, but luckily, police don’t believe it was a direct hit, and he didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries.
No lawnmower, but no license either.
Bristol police received a report of a stolen lawnmower, taken (allegedly) by a white man in a dark shirt in a blue truck. Police pulled over a man matching the description, but he didn’t have the mower, or a driver’s license, either. He was arrested as a result. The mower turned up later, safe and sound – a neighbor had borrowed it from the initial caller.