Newport police made
two separate DUI arrests overnight after drivers almost hit police cruisers, said police.
Ritacco, 23, 161 Sloop St., Jamestown, was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. She was also cited
with refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police said she was driving slowly on
Bellevue Avenue and nearly swerved into a police cruiser. Police said she refused to get out of the car.
“Look I parked fine. I usually can’t park sober, forget like I am now. So you see I am safe,” she allegedly told the officer. She then reportedly explained it was 9/11 and she “didn’t have time for his [expletive]." She told the officer he was acting ridiculous, reminded him again it was 9/11 and added that she had a dog in her apartment. She was taken into custody and the passenger agreed to take the dog out, said police.
Jose Mejia, 25, of 11.5 Newport
Ave., Newport, was arrested Thursday around 1:13 a.m.
on charges of drinking and driving. He was also cited with driving with a
suspended license. Police said he nearly hit a cruiser on Thames
Street. He allegedly admitted he had been drinking.
He allegedly told officers, “Yes I’m under the influence of beers. I’m drunk what can I say.” He registered a BAC of .175 and a .173.