NK Police Log: Police Pursuit, Boating Incident & More

The following information was supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

NK’s Woman’s Car Involved In Pursuit In Pawtucket

A North Kingstown woman contacted police after discovering her car had been stolen. According to the woman, she had left her keys in the car and went up to her apartment. Hours later, the woman returned to find the car missing.

North Kingstown police were notified that the woman’s vehicle was located in Pawtucket, where it had been involved in a police pursuit. According to Pawtucket police, an officer had attempted to pull the car over in a routine stop before the car sped off. The pursuit lasted 300 feet before the stolen car turned into a driveway and struck a parked car. Pawtucket police described the alleged car thief as a Hispanic male around 5’10” who appeared to be in his late 20s.


Wakefield Man Hit With DUI Charge

David Arundel, 31, of 23 Highland Ave. in Wakefield, was arrested July 29 at 1:25 a.m. on charges of drunken driving.

Police pulled Arundel over after allegedly clocking him at 53 mph in a 30-mph zone on Tower Hill Road. As the officer turned on his emergency lights, Arundel’s car allegedly went through the intersection of Tower Hill and Route 4, passed over two lanes of traffic without using turn signals and turned onto Pendar Road before pulling into a parking lot.

According to reports, as the officer drove into the lot, Arundel exited his car and walked over to the woods. Arundel allegedly started to tell the officer, “I was just going to take a piss,” before changing his mind and saying, “I figured you were coming after me.” According to police, Arundel told the officer he had bought the car recently and had failed to get it registered.

While speaking with Arundel, officers noted he was “very uncooperative” and appeared to be under the influence. According to reports, Arundel had been at 007 Bar & Grille and then went to Harborside in East Greenwich, drinking seven Miller Lites and a couple shots of whiskey between the two bars.

After reportedly failing his field sobriety test (during which he allegedly nearly fell into an officer), police allegedly tested his blood alcohol at .173 percent during a preliminary breathalyzer test.

At headquarters, Arundel was allegedly indecisive about taking a breathalyzer. After nearly 30 minutes, he allegedly refused to take the test.

He is set to appear in Fourth District Court on Aug. 16.


NK Man Allegedly Found With 36 Grams of Marijuana

Bryan J. Ahlert, 24, of 42 New Lexington Road, was arrested July 30 at 5:45 p.m. on charges of felony charges of possession of marijuana. Police questioned Ahlert in front of the Kingstown Motel on Post Road. While searching Ahlert, police allegedly found a clear bag with 36 grams of marijuana inside his backpack. This is Ahlert’s second possession of marijuana charge in just over a year; Ahlert was convicted June 28, 2010, when he pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. His sentence was seven years, one to serve and six on probation.


Arrests Following Boating Incident

Police responded to the area of the Jamestown Bridge for a report of a boat taking on water. The boat was about 300 yards from shore when members of the Department of Environmental Management, North Kingstown Fire Department and North Kingstown Police Department arrived. As the four people, including a five-year-old boy, inside the boat attempting to paddle to shore, police saw the boat capsize, causing them to fall into the water. A DEM boat gathered the boat’s occupants and brought them ashore to Plum Point Beach nearby.

When NK officers arrived, a DEM officer told them that one of the boat’s occupants had fled the area on foot as soon as he was brought ashore. Another officer allegedly found the man, identified as Robert Heath, 47, of Warwick, attempting to hide behind some shrubbery on Fleetwood Drive. While performing checks on Heath, officers discovered Heath had two warrants for his arrest out of Warwick.

According to reports, another person on the boat, David Heath, was taken into custody by DEM for obstructing an officer.


Three Arrested After Traffic Stop On Route 1

Victoria Marion Fusco, 21, of 24 Broad St. Apt. 1 in Cumberland; Justin T. Potter, 30, of 129 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Cranston; and Jalin Kristine Dorsey, 19, of 8A W. Clifford St. in Providence were arrested July 31 at 9 a.m. following a motor vehicle stop on Route 1.

Police pulled the trio over after allegedly clocking Potter’s vehicle at 70 mph in a 50-mph zone. According to reports, the vehicle smelled of marijuana. Potter, the driver, allegedly told police there had been marijuana in the car earlier.

After checking their identification, police found that Potter’s license had been suspended and both Dorsey and Fusco had active warrants out for their arrest. After placing them under arrest, Dorsey allegedly told police she had hidden marijuana inside her vagina when the car was being pulled over by police. After removal at the North Kingstown Police Department, the marijuana was measured at 8.36 grams.

Potter was arraigned and released after being charged with driving on a suspended license.

Both Dorsey and Fusco were arrested on the active warrants and transported to the ACI. Dorsey is also charged with possession of marijuana.


Other Arrests...

  • Lorenzo M. Smith, 26, of 5 School St., Apt. LN, was arrested July 28 at 2:40 a.m. following six misdemeanor charges. While on patrol, police stopped Smith after seeing him walk down Post Road. According to reports, Smith told officers his name was “Thomas Jones” and he did not have any identification on him, just cigarettes. While searching the man, police found Smith’s wallet, at which point Smith allegedly said, “Okay, I lied. Take me to jail.” After checking Smith’s identification, police found he had five active bench warrants out for his arrest. Smith is being charged with obstructing an officer and five Superior Court bench warrants.Jason Anthony Williams, 30, of 10 State St., Apt. J in North Kingstown, was arrested July 31 at 11:55 a.m. following a bench warrant for his arrest.
  • Jason Anthony Williams, 30, of 10 State St., Apt. J in North Kingstown, was arrested July 31 at 11:55 a.m. following a bench warrant for his arrest.
  • Matthew G. Young, 25, of 4 State St., Apt M, was arrested July 31 at 10:17 p.m. following a bench warrant for his arrest.
  • Crystal A. Valentine, 25, of 42 New Lexington Road, was arrested July 30 at 5:45 p.m. on charges of domestic assault and disorderly conduct after allegedly assaulting a man on Post Road. She was released on $2,000 personal recognizance.
  • Joseph Anthony Piccione, 22, of 87 Woodview Drive in Cranston, was arrested Aug. 1 at 4:11 a.m. on charges of driving with a suspended license.
MeanE August 09, 2011 at 12:59 PM
How many times has 007 been mentioned as the bar that these drunks were at before they were pulled over? Time to close the doors for good on that place, before somebody gets killed from an over served patron.
NKtaxPAyerAlso August 09, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Arundel had been at 007 Bar & Grille and then went to Harborside in East Greenwich, That leads me to believe he was shut off at 007. I don't think the 007 is to blame here. Maybe some people don't know when to stop drinking. Shutting down the 007 will do nothing. I'm just glad we have such alert police officers patrolling the streets.
MeanE August 09, 2011 at 06:42 PM
NKtaxPAyerAlso - Understood. However, do a search on this site for 007, get past all the events that are published here and you will see 007 in the police logs for 10/15/10, 2/14/11, 2/25/11, 4/29/11, 6/15/11, 8/8/11. There seems to be a pattern here. I know that the owner that is still there is a local guy and lost his new partner recently, and is rumored to be in financial trouble, but I think they have an issue with their staff. One of my son's friends who is 18 was served there and he does not look even remotely close to 21. Desperate people sometimes do desperate things.
mark henricks August 10, 2011 at 04:36 PM
But, you can't blame the bars. People are responsible for their own actions. Unless you are a progressive liberal who thinks you know best and want to treat human beings like helpless morons.
MeanE August 10, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Mark- I am far from a progressive liberal, not sure why you want to name call? Are you friends with the owner of 007? Obviously these drunks are ultimately to blame for their dangerous behavior. However, there are such things as overserving laws that bars should adhere to. Being that 007 is only 2 miles from my home, I am rightfully concerned that the establishment is not doing it's best to stop over-consumption of alcohol and subsequent drunk drivers!
mark henricks August 10, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Meane, reading the standard times every week. most of the drunks passing through in NK are coming back from the south Narragansett, Wakefield etc. 007 does not have a higher drunk count than any other bar in NK / EG I'm not friends with the owner. In fact. I don't believe 007 will even still be open 6 months from now. But, like cockroaches, another bar will replace that one at that location. That location is a low-life magnant. Bikers, Greasers etc etc. It's just a crossroads in NK.
MeanE August 10, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Just going off of the police log that appears here in the Patch, I see 007 mentioned more then any other bar. In terms of a low-life magnet, the same could be said about a few other establishments along Post Rd. in NK.
anthony August 31, 2011 at 11:55 PM
First of all be careful who you call a drunk and a lowlife. There are a lot of them out there, but in many cases the defendant had an unfortunate set of circumstances that led to a charge like drunk driving. It isn't an excuse, but it doesn't mean the individual is a scumbag and doesn't care. I happen to know Mr. Arundel and the man is not a drunk or a lowlife. In any case, I have personal experience at 007 and you all are dead on, the place practically shoves the alcohol down your throat. They have this special where you can get a shot and a beer for $5. As soon as the beer is halfway done there is a beautiful blonde or brunette waitress with her chest falling out of her shirt asking you if you want another round. The atmosphere promotes drinking large quantities. Again, your correct on the fact that it comes down to the individual to keep control, however I can see how some people can lose control occasionally. There is no real concern for the amount that patrons consume and I doubt if they would cut anyone off unless the person was literally falling down pass out drunk. In Arundel's case if he went all the way to Harborside and then back through NK I doubt he was cut off at 007. Bottom line is that place needs to monitor who is drinking and how much they are drinking a lot more. But you're right, I doubt they'll stay in business long enough for it to matter in the long run.
chucklesinri October 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
We had a Restaurant.com certificate for 007 which they refused to honor, giving us a lessor deal of 10% of the bill and costing us $15 more than we planned. Our waitress was absolutely clueless, but the food was ok.
Scott Madison October 21, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? A bar/restaurant is there to serve.... How far do you want to take it? Sue the bar, sue the car he drove in, sue the beer and liquor distributors, sue the beer/liquor manufacturers, sue the town, sue the cop, etc...... Wake up and let people be responsible for their own actions....
MeanE October 21, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I don't think that anybody is saying that personal responsibility is not key. However, there are laws that bar/restaurants have to be responsible for as well. So if an alcoholic, that can't control themselves goes into a bar and you are the bartender, you will continue to feed them drinks and knowingly allow them to drive away and endanger innocent people? Obviously the drunk patron is not acting responsibly. Would you be acting responsibly? If I lost a loved one because you over-served and sent a drunk on their merry way, you better believe I would sue your ass, and you would be lucky that is all I would do.
Scott Madison October 21, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Alcoholic's come in many forms and it is not the bar/bartenders responsibility to know a person's personal history. So you can pick out alcoholic's just by looking at them? Wow....that is a great ability. You could be very valuable for local bars...maybe a new business venture? How about the guy that stops in for 1 beer each night after work. By definition, isn't that person an alcoholic? Is everyone who gets into an accident drunk and alcoholic? Sure, I agree if a person is obviously drunk the bar/bartender has an obligation to cut that person off. That being said, 2-3 drinks has different effects on each individual person...a 220 pound man will be much less affected than a 110 pound woman. Laws already exist for drunk driving and for bar owners who serve people who are obviously intoxicated. If you find someone violating these laws, call the police. If you see an obviously drunk patron being served and do not call attention to the bar's manager and turn a blind eye, are you legally or morally culpable? Nice to see you are living up to your name "MeanE"......
MeanE October 21, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I am obviously not saying that I know what an alcoholic looks like. My point was that you want to talk about responsibility, it was an example. i don't care if a person comes into a bar that is not an alcoholic, but is a first time drinker that has had too many, it is still the responsibility of the bartender/bar "to do the right thing", according to the laws that they are supposed to abide by, that they agreed to, in order to have the ability to serve alcohol at an establishment. Bartenders/Bars are trained to recognize the effects on each individual and once again it is their "responsibility" to act accordingly. You want to hold the drinker responsible but not the provider. I disagree and want to hold all parties involved responsible and the law agrees with me. In terms of your blind eye example, I would say morally not legally. Why am I mean, because I would be upset that I lost a loved one in a hypothetical statement?
Scott Madison October 21, 2011 at 03:57 PM
I do not think you fully read what I said. "Sure, I agree if a person is obviously drunk the bar/bartender has an obligation to cut that person off....Laws already exist for drunk driving and for bar owners who serve people who are obviously intoxicated. If you find someone violating these laws, call the police." I think we are more in agreement than disagreement. My original point is before people start blasting the bar/bartender/bar owners first, let's take a look at the the person, with alcoholic issues or not, deciding to walk into the bar, get drunk, leave (or get denied more drinks/thrown out), and get behind the wheel. That person is ultimately responsible for his/her actions. I am not affiliated with any bar and do not own a small business, but I think people need to look at the individual who through a multitude of bad decisions put themselves in that position (99% of the case most of the time), before other fingers go pointing around....
MeanE October 21, 2011 at 04:07 PM
"My original point is before people start blasting the bar/bartender/bar owners first, let's take a look at the the person, with alcoholic issues or not, deciding to walk into the bar, get drunk, leave (or get denied more drinks/thrown out), and get behind the wheel." That is not what I read. I read - "Whatever happened to personal responsibility? A bar/restaurant is there to serve..." To me this comment was absolving bar owners of responsibility, not saying anything about where to look first.


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