Police: Woman arrested after driving over lawn on Prudence Island

Posted 6/21/22

PRUDENCE ISLAND — A 51-year-old Newport woman was arrested on Wednesday, June 15, after allegedly driving a motor vehicle over a lawn on Prudence Island.

Norah H. Pursell, of 109 Church St. …

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Police: Woman arrested after driving over lawn on Prudence Island

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PRUDENCE ISLAND — A 51-year-old Newport woman was arrested on Wednesday, June 15, after allegedly driving a motor vehicle over a lawn on Prudence Island.

Norah H. Pursell, of 109 Church St. 4, was charged with reckless driving, disorderly conduct and driving without an active license (third and subsequent offense), according to police.

Officers responded to Prudence Island around 8:20 p.m. after receiving a report of a woman operating a vehicle on a residential lawn.

“The witness parties also advised that Pursell had been observed to shout and yell while in a public area,” the police report stated. 

Police also learned there was an active bench warrant for Pursell’s arrest.

Officers searched numerous areas around the island but could not find Pursell. Later, they were notified she was reportedly back in the area of Narragansett Avenue, and she was located near John Oldham Road around 11:30 p.m., police said.

Here are some other recent highlights from the Portsmouth Police report:

Thursday, June 16

Eric Castro, 28, of 271 Franklin St., 1W, Fall River, was charged with violating a no-contact order at a Middle Road home. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he turned himself in at Newport District Court in the morning, police said.

Friday, June 17

Jonathan P. Paiva, 28, of 2531 North Main St., Fall River, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI-first offense) around 7 p.m. According to police, an officer on a stationary traffic post in the area of Boyds Lane and Bristol Ferry Road saw Paiva drive by without a seat belt fastened. While traveling behind the vehicle over the Mt. Hope Bridge, Paiva’s vehicle was clocked at 47 mph in a posted 30 mph zone, and the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane, police said. The vehicle was stopped on the Bristol side of the bridge. Paiva was also cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test, police said. 

Saturday, June 18

Andrew J. Nicoletta, 49, of 10 Liberty St., Newport, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and DUI (first offense) after being stopped on West Main Road at Raytheon shortly before 9 p.m. An inventory search of the vehicle turned up numerous narcotics/pills for which Nicoletta could not provide a valid prescription, police said. He was also cited for refusing a chemical test.

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