RI State Police Charge Five Motorists with Operating Under Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs; Two with Young Children in Their Vehicles

SCITUATE, RI — Rhode Island State Police arrested five people on charges of driving
under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs this past weekend, including two
motorists who had young children in their vehicles at the time.

«Our troopers continue to aggressively identify and arrest drivers operating under
the influence of alcohol or drugs, as seen by these five arrests,» said Capt.
Matthew Moynihan. «But we’re especially concerned when motorists suspected of
driving under the influence are doing so with young children in their car,
recklessly endangering innocent young lives. That is absolutely unacceptable.»

Luis Villa, 32, of 477 Broad St., Providence, was charged arrested about 1:10 a.m.
today (Monday) after troopers stopped his car for a traffic violation on Updike
Street with Providence and suspected him of driving under the influence.

There were eight people in his five-passenger car at the time of his arrest,
including five children, ages 2 to 16, and a pregnant woman. Several of the
passengers were sitting on each other’s laps in the car; none were wearing
seatbelts.

Villa was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; refusal to
submit to a chemical test; and obstruction of an officer in execution of his duties.
If convicted of OUI, he could face additional penalties because there were children
under the age of 13 in the car at the time.

He also was issued several traffic citations for seatbelt and child restraint
violations; failure to use turn signals; and operating without evidence of
registration or insurance. He was held overnight, pending arraignment in Sixth
District Court today.

The case also was referred to the state Department for Children, Youth and Families.

Roy Jann, 36, of 251 Garden St., Cranston, was charged with driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs with a child in the vehicle; refusal to submit to a
chemical test; and possession of a controlled substance, Oxycodone, after state
police received numerous calls of a car being operated erratically on Interstate 95
South in West Greenwich about 10:25 a.m. last Friday.

When troopers stopped the car, they found a 3-year-old girl in a child restraint in
the back seat. Jann told the troopers he was taking his girlfriend’s daughter to
daycare in Warwick at the time, but had gotten lost. Jann was arrested and arraigned
in District Court later that day. If convicted of OUI, he could face additional
penalties because there was a child under the age of 13 in the car at the time.

The girl was turned over to her mother.

John Pires, 38, of 58 Littlefield St., Pawtucket, was charged with driving under the
influence with a blood-alcohol content of .10 to .15 (Phase I .145; Phase II .141)
after troopers stopped him for a traffic violation on Interstate 95 north in Warwick
about 12:35 a.m. Saturday.

Arthur Boudreau, 37, of 32 Sykes St., Warwick, was arrested about 12:40 a.m. Sunday
after troopers stopped him for a traffic violation on Nowicki Street in West
Warwick. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
refusal to submit to a chemical test; and operating on a suspended license – third
offense.

Juan De Leon, age 33, of 24 Dorchester Ave., Providence, was arrested about 11:40
p.m. Sunday after a motor vehicle stop on Dorchester Avenue in Providence. He was
charged with driving under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs .15 or
greater (Phase I .205; Phase II .205) and driving without/expired license.