Portsmouth High students caught with beer in car

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Portsmouth police patchPORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week.

Thursday, March 13

A 17-year-old Warren boy was charged with assault and disorderly conduct after police stopped a vehicle he was riding in at Sunny Acres on Bristol Ferry Road. Police stopped a car, driven by Nicholas C. Braga, 20, of 177 Mill Lane, around 8:30 p.m. because a brake light wasn’t working properly. Mr. Braga was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense). While conducting field sobriety tests on Mr. Braga, the juvenile repeatedly tried to disrupt the investigation and lunged at an officer with his chest and struck him on the right cheek, according to police.

Mil Kinsella reported vandalism to the town pond restoration site off Anthony Road. Ms Kindsella told police she had been walking in the area the day before and saw several items of debris and a hole that appeared to have been dug by a machine.

Friday, March 14

Kevin J. Tinney, 61, of 59 John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport, was charged with possession of schedule I, II, III, IV, V after his car was stopped around 6 p.m. on West Main Road at Hedley Street because it had multiple registration stickers and a missing rear passenger window. During a search of the vehicle, police said they found four small pills — later identified as Citalopram, an antidepressant — wrapped in tinfoil.

Saturday, March 15

David R. Perlingiero, 47, of 1134 West Main Road, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued by Second District Court. An officer with knowledge of the warrant stopped the pickup truck Mr. Perlingiero was driving in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts on West Main Road around 3:20 p.m.

A 17-year-old Portsmouth High School student was charged with underage possession of alcohol after he ran a red light at the intersection of East Main and Glen roads shortly before 4 p.m., police said. Six other males, ages 17 to 18, were passengers in the vehicle. Police said they detected an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle, but it was determined that the driver was not under the influence. Seven unopened cans of beer were found on the front seat in plain view, police said. In addition, a search of the glove box revealed a small pipe “commonly associated with smoking marijuana” as well as a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, police said. According to police, the group was coming back from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport and had asked an unknown male party to buy alcohol for them in that city. (They had already consumed a bottle of vodka, police said.) Everyone denied owning or using the marijuana, police said. According to police, all but one of the males had had recent contact with police due to alcohol or marijuana use. All of the males were released to their parents.

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