Portsmouth Police: Woman left scene of crash with young child

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PORTSMOUTH — A local woman faces numerous charges after she fled her car with a 2-year-old child in tow following an accident on Route 24 Sunday night, according to police.

Elizabeth A. Lan, 30, of 10 Point Road, Apt. 2, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with damage resulting to the other vehicle, resisting arrest and refusal to submit to a chemical test following the two-car accident shortly before 9 p.m. 

When police arrived they found one of the drivers, a 46-year-old Providence man, out of his vehicle. He had multiple lacerations and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

According to a witness on the scene, the operator of the other vehicle — later identified as Ms. Lan — tried to drive away after the crash but her car broke down, police said. She then exited the vehicle with a young child and ran into the woods nearby, the witness told police. 

Police said they later found Ms. Lan and her 2-year-old child in the brush. She cursed at police, swung her arms and tried to kick two officers, according to police. 

During a search of the vehicle, police said they found several empty nip bottles. 

The R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families was notified of the incident and the child was turned over to her grandparents at the police station, police said. 

Here some more highlights from the Portsmouth Police reports from over the past week.

Thursday, April 6

Todd D. Carvalho, 34, of 42 Bay St., Tiverton, was charged shortly after 8 a.m. on two bench warrants issued from 2nd District Court, and driving with a suspended license. Police said they stopped the vehicle Mr. Carvalho was driving on Hedly Street because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. 

Manuel J. Soares, 60, of 237 Sprague St., was charged at 9:48 p.m. with domestic disorderly conduct after police received a report of a woman being chased by a man in the area of Sprague Street and Bristol Ferry Road. A 911 caller told police the man appeared to have roughly pulled the woman into a truck before leaving the area following a yelling match. Police later found the truck in Mr. Soares’ driveway, with the pair inside. Police said there was no evidence that a physical altercation had taken place. 

Sunday, April 9

Miguel A. Martinez, 38, of New Bedford, was charged on a warrant out of West Warwick after his car was stopped for speeding on West Main Road near Twin Lantern Cabins shortly before 1 a.m. Police said the warrant was for domestic vandalism and domestic disorderly conduct. During a search of the vehicle, police said they found a small bag of marijuana in the center console. Mr. Martinez was also cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. 

Richard A. Santos Jr., 26, of 23 Willow Lane, was charged with driving while intoxicated around 11:40 p.m. after his pickup truck left the lane of travel and came too close to other vehicles, police said. The truck was stopped on East Main Road near Dexter Street. Mr. Santos was also charged with several roadway violations, police said.

Monday, April 10

A chicken that flew its coop on East Main Road was later returned to its rightful owner. Police received a call from a woman who said a chicken was running loose in her yard, but she didn’t know who owned the fowl. Animal Control Officer Elizabeth Futoma secured the chicken in the outside kennel at the police station and left a phone message with the owner of a chicken coop she spotted nearby. The owner came to the station to retrieve the bird around 11:15 a.m. Officer Futoma warned the chicken’s owner to fix the coop’s enclosure to prevent future escapes.

Mario J. Amaral, 48, of 28 Taddy Ave., Warren, was charged at 10 a.m. on a bench warrant issued by 6th District Court. Police stopped his vehicle on West Main Road at Turkey Hill because it had no inspection sticker, as well as multiple registration stickers on the rear registration plate. Mr. Amaral was also cited for driving after his license had been suspended (second offense), driving an unregistered vehicle and having no proof of insurance.

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