Motorcyclist charged with reckless driving in Portsmouth

Motorcyclist charged with reckless driving in Portsmouth


Portsmouth police patchHere are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week.

Thursday, May 15

Sandra J. LeClaire, 52, of 100 Almeida Terrace, Apt. 110, was arrested on three active bench warrants issued by Second District Court. Shortly before 8 p.m., a police officer met at the apartment complex with a Newport police officer who was conducting an investigation of a larceny that had occurred in Newport earlier, police said. A records check by Portsmouth police revealed the outstanding warrants, police said.

Jason P. Berard, 29, of 38 Aquidneck Ave., Portsmouth, was charged with domestic assault in connection with an incident that took place at his home shortly before 8 p.m. Police said Mr. Berard had violently pushed a family member into a wall with enough force to break the drywall. Mr. Berard was detained by Newport police later that night.

Sunday, May 18

Jesse Spinola, 31, of 153 Carey Circle, Stoughton, Mass., was charged with reckless driving/drag racing/eluding police at about 5:30 p.m. Patrol Officer Jack W. Clarke III, while on a stationary radar post in a business parking lot on East Main Road, clocked a northbound motorcycle traveling 72 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. As he attempted to exit the lot, Officer Clarke observed about 20 other motorcycles heading in the same direction and traveling at more than 60 mph, according to police. The officer saw one operator, later identified as Mr. Spinola, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off vehicles and abruptly changing lanes, police said. At one point, the bike cut off the driver of an SUV, who slammed on its brakes and nearly caused an accident with the officer following behind, police said. With assistance from another officer in a separate cruiser, seven motorcycles — including the one operated by Mr. Spinola — were pulled over near the police station. The other six operators were issued summons for speeding.

Monday, May 19

An employee at the polo grounds at Glen Farm reported vandalism to a stone wall on the property. The damage took place sometime between 8 p.m. the night before and Monday morning, he told police. Police said it appeared than an unknown vehicle may have backed into the wall, causing it to topple over.