Portsmouth police: Bartender had one too many

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

Wednesday, May 28

Tara M. Almeida, 32, of 86 John St., Apt. 2N, Fall River, was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Second District Court. Police made the arrest at about 1:15 a.m. after stopping Ms. Almeida’s car as it was traveling north on Route 24 near Sprague Street. Police said the car had crossed over the center line.

John. P Binette, 45, of 30 Foxboro Ave., was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Sixth District Court. Police made the arrest around 5:30 p.m. at Mr. Binette’s home.

Thursday, May 29

Police questioned the driver of a silver Mazda Miata that was found about 100 feet into the brush off Sandy Point Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Police found a set of skid marks extending from a stop sign on Wapping Road across the north side of Sandy Point Avenue. A town sign for emergency evacuation had also been ripped from the ground. Police responded to the home of the car’s registered owner, Philip V. Duckett, 20, of 470 Sandy Point Ave., to check on his well-being. After being let in, police spoke to Mr. Duckett in his bedroom. He said he had fallen asleep while driving home after working at Via Via in Newport until 3 a.m. Police said they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and that he was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes. Mr. Duckett was issued a traffic summons for damaging a highway fixture and failing to maintain control of a vehicle and obeying a stop sign.

A Portsmouth couple told police that a golf ball from the Montaup Country Club had struck the windshield of their vehicle — causing about $425 in damage — as they were traveling south on Anthony Road at about 4 p.m. on May 23. Police spoke to one of the golfers, who admitted only to having hit a ball into a grassy area near the road. The president of the club, Paul Mattos, said it is now club policy that only members and guest golfers are responsible for any damage to vehicles, according to police.

Friday, May 30

Police said a woman is lucky to have escaped injury after her Jeep Wrangler hit a utility pole on East Main Road. Amanda J. Sparks, 27 of 451 Long Highway, Little Compton, wasn’t as lucky with the law, however, as she was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident in the area of East Main Road and Bramans Lane at about 1:40 a.m. According to police, Ms. Sparks told them she was coming from a Newport bar and “obviously had too much to drink.” Police said she was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Ms. Sparks failed a field sobriety test, police said, and refused medical treatment.

During a search of the car, police said they found an open container of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. The Jeep, which had hit the pole head on, sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Saturday, May 31

John E. Tingstad, 26, of 20 Attleboro Ave., was charged with being a fugitive from justice, based on an arrest warrant issued by Fall River police. He was arrested at his home at about 7:40 p.m.

Donald J. Stuehler, 49, of 272 Bristol Ferry Road, was arrested at his home on a bench warrant issued from Second District Court at about 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 1

Two juveniles and two 18-year-olds — all males — were issued summonses for underage possession of alcohol shortly after 1 a.m. Police Officer Scott Sullivan was on patrol at Sandy Point Beach around 12:15 a.m. when he saw a small fire about 50 yards ahead of him and observed “several parties flee the area into the woods,” police said. Three chairs were set up near the fire and a cold bottle of beer was in one of the cup-holders and several empty cans of beer on the ground, police said. Police were unable to locate anyone in the area, but later stopped a car on Glen Farm Road that had four occupants — two juveniles along with Matthew Sewall, 18, of 55 East Terrace, and Ryan McVicker, 18, of 61 Cornelius Drive. All denied being on the beach earlier, police said. However, a search of the vehicle turned up a bottle of Bud Light Premium and a backpack containing 14 cans of Bud Light  — the same brand of beer found at Sandy Point, according to police.

Monday, June 2

Kayla A. Carreira, 25, of 94 Tickle Road, Westport, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) after the sedan she was operating hit a sign on Park Avenue sometime after 1 a.m. When police responded to the corner of Park Avenue and Boyd’s Lane for a report of an erratic driver, they found Ms. Carreira’s vehicle with disabling damage to its front driver’s side and a “Keep Right” sign lodged underneath. When asked where she was coming from, Ms. Carreira responded, “Work, I’m a bartender at the Beach House Tavern,” police said, adding that she told them she had consumed “two beers and a few shots.” Ms. Carreira failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Police received a report of illegal dumping at the cul-de-sac at the end of Greystone Drive. Several bags of trash were found in the area, but there were no documents that could help police identify a suspect.

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