Rhode Island State Police Arrest a Providence Woman Who was Traveling with Her Ten-Year-Old Daughter for Driving Under the Influence


Providence – Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on March 23, 2016, at approximately 10:05 PM, Troopers arrested a Providence woman for Driving Under the Influence who had her ten (10) year old daughter as a passenger in the vehicle.

Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop for a registration violation on a white Ford Explorer that was traveling on Gallatin Street in the City of Providence. The operator of the Explorer, who advised that her Rhode Island License was currently suspended, was positively identified as Marquita Foster, age 31, of 222 Sumter Street in Providence. As Troopers approached the vehicle, Foster exited her vehicle and became belligerent. Troopers observed that Foster displayed obvious signs of impairment and conducted a series of Field Sobriety Tests on Foster, all of which she failed. Foster consented to providing a preliminary breath test at the scene which resulted in a blood alcohol content reading of .209. Foster was subsequently placed into custody and transported to State Police Headquarters.

Other Troopers who arrived on scene transported Foster’s daughter to a grandmother’s residence.

Once at State Police Headquarters, Foster was advised of her rights and consented to submit to a Breathalyzer Test which resulted in blood alcohol content readings of .186 and .171.

Foster was arraigned in front of Justice of the Peace Connors on the following charges before being released into the custody of her mother:

1. Driving Under the Influence – 1st Offense (.186/.171)
2. Forgery and Counterfeiting of Registration Plates
3. Operating on a Suspended License
4. Disorderly Conduct

Motorists are reminded they can report suspected impaired operators by dialing
911 on their cell phone.