Warren man spits at officers during DUI arrest


Monday, Aug. 19

Police received a report that a 2003 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was stolen from a Water Street residence where the owner was staying.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

A police officer working a detail observed a car traveling south on Metacom Avenue at 5:34 a.m. and driving erratically. The officer attempted to flag the driver down, but the car continued. The vehicle description and information was passed on to Bristol, where officers traced the car to its owner. Ashley A. Hooton, 25, of 64 Fatima Drive, Bristol, was issued a summons for driving on a suspended license.

A Terrace Avenue resident observed two boys paddle their kayaks toward his moored boat and take two fishing poles that were aboard the vessel. The man jumped into his dinghy and chased the boys, and retrieved the stolen poles from them. The man contacted police to report the incident, but declined to press charges. Instead, he requested that the police turn the boys over to their parents.

A South Grove Avenue resident reported fraudulent use of her credit card. The woman told police that approximately $100 was charged in various states without her consent or knowledge.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

At 12:33 a.m., police responded to Water Street after receiving a noise complaint in which the caller said there was a group of kids in the area. When police checked the area they found no juveniles, but did disperse an elderly couple that was on the beach.

A woman was taken to Rhode Island Hospital at 8:27 a.m. after being struck by a vehicle on Detroit Avenue. As the woman left her residence to go for a jog, she allegedly told police she did see a car coming and was struck. The car was reportedly traveling 10 m.p.h. The woman's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Police investigated possible animal abuse after receiving a complaint that a woman struck a shepard mix breed on the mouth. The woman told police that when she was playing with the dog it began to chase a squirrel and she disciplined the dog, but not in an abusive manner.

At 10:07 p.m., Newton Woodson, 61, of Pawtucket was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police observed the vehicle that Mr. Woodson was driving on Metacom Avenue as it allegedly made several moving violations. Police stopped the vehicle and determined that Mr. Woodson was incapable of safely driving a motor vehicle.

Thursday, Aug. 22

A Bridge Street resident reported that a 7-foot white dinghy was missing from the dock.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Police received a call that an erratic vehicle was observed on Market Street at 2:02 a.m. when it allegedly struck a mailbox and continued to drive away. When police located the vehicle, they observed the vehicle commit several motor vehicle violations and pulled the car over. When the officers attempted to administer a field sobriety test to the driver, Isaih T. Rathbone, 31, of 18 Wood St., he allegedly spit at officers. As he was being placed under arrest, Mr. Rathbone allegedly struggled with police until he was placed into the patrol car. At police headquarters, Mr. Rathbone allegedly continued to struggle with police, spitting in a police officer's face. Mr. Rathbone was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to submit to a chemical test, two counts of simple assault or battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police investigated a complaint that a man was on the East Bay Bicycle Path near Brown Street and was exposing himself to passersby. When police arrived at 11:20 a.m. they did not see anyone who fit the description.

At 2:47 p.m.. police went to St. Thomas Church, where a priest reported that the church had been broken into. According to police, a priest heard a noise in a hallway between the outer door and a second door leading into the church. When the priest saw the man, the would-be intruder ran away. Police searched the area but could not locate the trespasser. Police did observe damage to a lock. Nothing was taken from the church.

Sunday, Aug. 25

At 5:38 p.m., police served a bench warrant issued by Sixth District Court on Glenn Steger, 45, of Warwick. Mr. Steger, who was known to have an active warrant, was observed by an officer on patrol as he stood outside his residence. Police arrested Mr. Steger without incident and charged him on the warrant.


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