Rhode Island State Police Arrests Wrong-Way Operator for Driving under the Influence of Liquor

RI – Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Woonsocket woman for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs while traveling the wrong way on Route 295 North, in the Town of Johnston.

Troopers arrested Jadali Burgess, age 21, of 902 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, Rhode Island for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs – 1st Offense BAC .15 or Greater / Phase I – .155 and Phase II – .170. Burgess was processed at State Police Headquarters and held overnight pending her arraignment at Third Division District Court.

On Monday, August 9, 2016, at approximately 2:58 AM, a Trooper working a road construction detail on the Route 295 north access road observed a wrong-way driver traveling south on Route 295 north access road in the Town of Johnston. As the Trooper was approaching Exit 6B, he observed a vehicle with its head lamps activated traveling south in the northbound lane directly at him. The Trooper was able to position his cruiser directly in front of the oncoming vehicle traveling in the wrong direction and stop the vehicle in the low speed breakdown lane. The Trooper observed that the female operator, Ms. Jadali Burgess displayed signs of impairment and was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which she failed. Ms. Burgess was transported to Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, where she was held overnight. This morning Ms. Delarosa was arraigned by The Honorable Judge Pamela Woodcock-Pfeiffer in Third Division District Court where she pled not guilty. She was released on personal recognizance with court-mandated alcohol screenings. Her next court date is scheduled for August 23, 2016 for a pre-trail conference.

A person convicted of Driving Under the Influence – First Offense BAC .15 or greater is subject to a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) and required to perform twenty (20) to sixty (60) hours of public community restitution and/or be imprisoned for up to one year. The person’s driving license will be suspended for a period of three (3) months to eighteen (18) months. The person must attend a special course on driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance and/or alcohol or drug treatment program.

Anyone who wants to report an impaired, reckless or aggressive driver should call 9-1-1 on their mobile phone.