Portsmouth police charge 2 drivers with assault

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PORTSMOUTH — In separate incidents, two male drivers were charged with assault after they argued with their female passengers and left each of them on the side of the road, according to police.

On Sunday, Aug. 3, police stopped a car driven by Joseph E. Aubin, 28, of 212 Orchard Ave., Newington, Conn., on Riverside Street near Liberty Street shortly before 1 a.m.

Police said Mr. Aubin had run a red light and crossed over the lane of travel. According to police, Mr. Aubin was extremely upset and explained he had just had an argument with his girlfriend while they were traveling back to Connecticut from several Newport bars.

His girlfriend, however, was no longer in the car; Mr. Aubin told police he had stopped at the base of the Mt. Hope Bridge and had her leave the vehicle. Police later located the woman in the area of Boyd’s Lane and the Route 24 southbound off-ramp.

She told police Mr. Aubin had “backhanded” her across the bridge of her nose while they argued inside the car. She then demanded that he pull over and let her out, police said.

Mr. Aubin, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and had bloodshot eyes, failed a field sobriety test, according to police. He was charged with domestic assault, driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

In the second incident, police responded late the evening of Monday, Aug. 4, to the Tiverton police station, where an officer said he had seen a woman walking north over the Sakonnet River Bridge a few hours earlier.

The woman had approached the Tiverton officer and told him that Armando Medeiros, 51, of 44 Mayflower St., East Providence, assaulted her while he was driving them along Route 24 in Portsmouth, according to police.

The woman said Mr. Medeiros pulled the vehicle into the breakdown lane on Route 24 near the bridge, opened the passenger side door and pushed her out. She suffered small cuts on her left knee after falling to the grass, police said.

Mr. Medeiros was picked up by East Providence police and taken into custody by Portsmouth police around 1:45 a.m. He was charged with simple assault and battery.

For more Portsmouth police news from this week, go here and here.

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