Portsmouth Police Report

Woman charged with assaulting Portsmouth officer after DUI arrest

Posted 10/5/21

PORTSMOUTH — A 58-year-old Tiverton woman was charged with simple assault following her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Shortly after midnight, officers …

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Portsmouth Police Report

Woman charged with assaulting Portsmouth officer after DUI arrest

Posted

PORTSMOUTH — A 58-year-old Tiverton woman was charged with simple assault following her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Shortly after midnight, officers responded to the Mt. Hope Bridge to investigate a report of a disabled vehicle. (Bristol police officers were already on the scene and assisting with traffic.) The front, passenger-side tire of the vehicle was found to be completely flat, according to police.

The driver, Catherine L. Varrica, of 1 Mill Lane, Apt. 1223, displayed obvious signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test, police said.

While being processed at the police station for the charge of driving under the influence, Varrica became “extremely uncooperative” and refused to listen to officers’ requests, according to police. While she was being secured in a female holding cell, she assaulted an officer, police said. 

Varrica was also cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test. She was held overnight due to her uncooperative and combative behavior and received a 2nd District Court summons in the morning before being released, police said.

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

Friday, Oct. 1

Nicole M. Petronelli, 35, of 10 Lafayette St., Fairhaven, Mass., was arrested on a Middletown Police warrant after her vehicle was pulled over on West Main Road at West Passage Drive around 4:10 p.m. Police said Petronelli was not wearing a seatbelt. She was later transferred to the custody of the Middletown Police Department. 

Casey A. Quarry, 37, of no permanent address, was charged with violating a no-contact order after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was pulled over on Route 24 North at Cedar Island around 5:45 p.m. because its rear license plate cover was blocking the registration sticker, police said. After running routine checks on Quarry and the driver, a 32-year-old woman from Newport, it was discovered they had an active no-contact order in place, police said. Quarry was taken into custody and held at the police station pending his transport to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, police said.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Joel P. Rivera, 28, of 147 Rogers Lane, Middletown, was charged with driving under the influence (first offense) after being stopped for speeding and multiple moving violations on West Main Road at Locust Avenue around 1:10 a.m. Rivera was also cited for refusing a chemical test.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Justin Turner, 33, of 4 Farewell St., Newport, was charged with forgery and counterfeiting of registration plates following a traffic stop on East Main Road around noontime. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license, police said.

John Guadagni, Sr., 57, of 22 King Phillip St., was charged with illegal possession of a weapon other than a firearm after police responded to his home around 3:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a dispute with neighbors. Guadagni was found armed with a blackjack during an argument in the roadway, according to police.

Two men were arrested after police responded to a Water Street home around 5:15 pm. to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Police said Russel Ferris, 58, of 167 Water St., and Hunter Ferris, 21, of 326 New Boston Road, Fall River, were having a loud verbal argument. Russel Ferris, who was deemed the primary aggressor, allegedly grabbed the other man by the neck and threw him onto a couch, police said. He was charged with domestic assault. Hunter Ferris was charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

Monday, Oct. 4

Lillian M. Wilson, 21, of 89 South Ferry Road, Saunderstown, was charged with driving under the influence (second offense) after her vehicle was stopped shortly after 3 a.m. on West Main Road and Prescott Point for multiple moving violations. She was also cited for refusing a chemical test.

Albert W. Steinhauer, 28, of 2 Donna Drive, was charged with domestic assault around 9:35 p.m. in connection with a report of an alleged domestic disturbance that had taken place at his home earlier. Officers issued an arrest warrant for Steinhauer and he was subsequently taken into custody by Middletown Police. The victim was a 23-year-old woman from Portsmouth, police said.

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