East Providence lawyer charged with DUI has license suspended
CRANSTON — Layne C. Savage, an East Providence resident and lawyer known to specialize in drunk-driving cases, had her license to drive suspended by a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal judge Thursday morning, Jan. 24, following an accident in East Providence some two weeks ago.
Traffic Tribunal Magistrate Domenic A. DiSandro III rendered a preliminary order to suspend Ms. Savage’s ability to operate a motor vehicle, which is common for drivers who refuse to submit to a sobriety test.
Ms. Savage, who pleaded not guilty Thursday, is due back in court at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Feb. 6 for a pre-trial conference.
Following the accident, Ms. Savage, 32 and of 15 Village Green North in city, was eventually charged with Driving Under the Influence, first offense, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, second offense, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Failure to Maintain Proper Control of a Motor Vehicle for her involvement in a two-car accident on Sunday, Jan. 13.
A car driven by Ms. Savage and another vehicle operated by Paulo Neves, of Valley Brook Drive in East Providence, were involved in the accident on Warren Avenue near the Valley Auto Service station.
According to a police report of the incident, East Providence officers arrived to find a beige Nissan Murano, registered to Mr. Neves, that had been “struck and collided with a pole.” Down the road, officers sighted a white Ford Explorer, registered to Robert L. Savage of East Greenwich, stopped and facing “southbound on Warren Avenue at Woodland Avenue.”
Officers attempted to speak with the woman, who appeared confused and whose speech was slurred, according to the officer’s report. Officers also reported smelling hints of alcohol emanating from Ms. Savage while they attended to her in her car.
An East Providence Fire Department Rescue arrived on the scene and eventually transported Ms. Savage to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Ms. Savage, the police report continued, became agitated and needed to be restrained, where again officers reported sensing a greater smell of alcohol on her body.
East Providence Police requested prosecutors to subpoena Ms. Savage’s medical/blood records from the hospital to determine if she had been under the influence at the time of the accident.
This is the second time in a year Ms. Savage has faced DUI. She also had her license suspended following an incident in Barrington in March of 2012.
The Savage case took another twist late last week when The Providence Journal reported she had obtained a Massachusetts driver’s license.
According to the report, Ms. Savage lied on her Massachusetts application about her license not being revoked or suspended in another state. The story quoted Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the R.I. Attorney General's Office, as saying Savage attempted to gain her Massachusetts license on Jan. 24, the same day she had her Rhode Island suspended.
Ms. Savage reportedly turned herself into Rhode Island authorities Friday, Feb. 1, when District Court Judge William C. Clifton, at the attorney general's request, issued an arrest warrant charging her with a bail violation.
In addition, Judge Clifton set new conditions for her release on bail including the inability of Ms. Savage to drive anywhere, that she participates in a court monitored substance abuse program and that she surrender the Massachusetts driver's license. The judge did allow Ms. Savage to travel to Florida for substance abuse treatment.