Portsmouth police: Man asleep at wheel was drunk

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portsmouth-policeHere are some entries from the Portsmouth police log over the past week.

Monday, May 13

Jay A. Catalan, 50, of 34 Hillside Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated (second offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical test, following an accident on East Main Road at Sprague Street at about 6 p.m. The car had struck a light pole and was leaning on its passenger side against a tree that was in the entrance to Cumberland Farms, said police, who added they arrived to find Mr. Catalan awake but lying on the passenger door. Rescue workers arrived and cut the front windshield to remove Mr. Catalan, who was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Wednesday, May 15

Dean Jr. Harrington, 18, of 15 East Terrace, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon or substance following an incident that took place on May 11. Police said that on May 14, a 19-year-old man entered the police station to report he had been assaulted by Mr. Harrington three days earlier in the parking lot of Irving Gas Station at about 8 p.m. According to the man, he was exiting the store when Mr. Harrington approached and cut his neck with a box cutter. Police said they observed a “very small superficial cut” on the victim’s neck. The victim was able to wrestle the box cutter from Mr. Harrington and threw it behind a dumpster, at which time Mr. Harrington left the area in a blue car with an unknown driver, police said.

Thursday, May 16

Police said a a car driven by Jennifer Arruda of Portsmouth hit another car driven by Bonnie Brake East Main Road near Patriots Drive around 7:20 a.m. The Brake vehicle sustained disabling damage to its front fender and passenger side, while the other car was also disabled, sustaining damage to its front fender and driver’s side fender. A passenger in the Brake vehicle was treated for minor injuries to his eye. Both cars were towed from the scene.

Richard E. Mendonsa, 37, of 3277 East Main Road, was charged with domestic assault and refusal to relinquish a telephone. Police responded to Mr. Mendonsa’s home around 9:20 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance. Police said they found three shotguns and two rifles inside the residence, which were seized.

Tait G. Geoffrey, 26, of 66 Gormley Ave., was arrested at his home around 11:45 p.m. on two active bench warrants from Second District Court.

Sunday, May 19

Patrick J. Sullivan, 53, of 11 Colony Drive, Middletown, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical test after police responded to Ferreira’s Package Store for a “suspicious vehicle” call around 12:40 a.m. Police said they arrived to find Mr, Sullivan asleep in the driver’s side seat of the vehicle.

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