Portsmouth police: Man pulled knife in road rage incident

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

Friday, March 7

Kyle H. Braga, 20, of 12 Berroth Court, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and illegal possession of a weapon other than a firearm. Police made the arrest around 6:10 p.m. shortly after responding to a report of a road rage incident on East Main Road at Patriot Petroleum. A male driver said another man driving a motorcycle had cut him off and both vehicles pulled into the gas station’s parking lot. Mr. Braga then pulled a knife on the other driver, according to police. Mr. Braga’s motorcycle was later stopped on East Main Road near St. Anthony’s Church.

Saturday, March 8

Stephen J. Sullivan, 23, of 726 Park Ave., Apt. 8, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), at about 1:30 a.m. During a bar check at the Beach House Tavern in Island Park, a patrol officer encountered Mr. Sullivan and said he appeared unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot and watery eyes and alcohol on his breath. The officer asked if he was driving home and Mr. Sullivan replied that he would be walking the half mile back to his apartment, police said. About 10 minutes later, the officer observed a vehicle he recognized to be Mr. Sullivan’s heading south on Cedar Avenue. The car was stopped on Park Avenue shortly afterwards.

Monday, March 10

Vehicles driven by Matthew Bettencourt of Newport and Steven Paterson of Portsmouth collided on East Main Road in front of Linden Tree Family Health Center shortly before 4 p.m. Police said Mr. Paterson was attempting to take a left-hand turn from Linden Tree onto East Main Road and struck the front driver’s side door of the Bettencourt car. Mr. Bettencourt, who complained of shoulder pain and was treated and released by rescue workers, had been driving with a suspended license, according to police.

A car driven by Justin Emond of Fall River struck and killed a deer on West Main Road in front of Twin Lanterns Cabins at about 5:35 p.m. Mr. Emond said a large group of deer had crossed the roadway in front of his vehicle and he was unable to stop in time. The state Department of Environmental Management was notified to remove the deer from the roadway.

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