The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Johnston Police. Chief Richard S, Tamburini or Deputy Chief David DeCesare had reviewed all reports
OUT AT THE WHEEL
Patrolman Matthew Benson was dispatched to the corner of Greenville Avenue and Killingly Street around 5 p.m. on June 27 for a woman unconscious behind the wheel of a Jeep that just ran into the gate of JT’s Auto. A witness quickly told him the driver apparently was “passed out” when she rolled through the intersection. He said the driver was still out and did not respond when he patted her cheek and shook her. He said he took off her sunglasses and could see her eyes were rolled back in her head. He said he continued to shake and talk to her. He said her skin was gray and sweaty and he saw a needle “track” on her hand that was bleeding and an orange cap between her legs that came off a syringe and the syringe itself. He said he put the needle on the dashboard and continued to shake and talk to her. He said she was coming around somewhat but she was groggy and it was impossible to understand her speech. He said there was a 3-year-old boy in a booster chair who began to cry as his mother began to come around. He said she was placed in the Rescue truck as they asked her what drugs she took and she said she had just injected herself with vitamin B-12 that was prescribed to her. She said she just “blacked out” at the intersection. He said she gave the EMTs a packet of information about the drugs she was prescribed and they told Benson B-12 was not on the list. He said Rescue then transported the woman to Rhode Island Hospital for evaluation and he and another officer did an inventory check of the Jeep prior to towing. He said he found a warm canister that contained what his training and experience indicated was liquefied heroin. He said he field-tested the substance and it was positive for heroin. He said he found the woman and the child in the emergency room and asked her if she knew why he was there and she began to cry. He said he told her she was under arrest for possession of heroin and DUI and read her Miranda rights. He said he asked her directly if she had used any heroin prior to driving and she said, “I’d rather not talk about that.” He said a doctor at the hospital told him that Jennifer Bonsante, 32, of 954 Greenville Ave. in Smithfield refused all medical assistance, including any blood tests, and refusing to take a chemical test was added to the charges. She was later released from the hospital and taken back to headquarters to await arraignment. She was later released on $6,000 personal recognizance. In the meantime, Benson said he called DCYF and informed them of what was going on.
A North Providence man was arrested after a scrap metal dealer had second thoughts about some aluminum he bought from the man on June 27. He said the man sold them as scrap, but it occurred to the scrap dealer that they were apparently working equipment and he contacted an electrical contractor he knew to be working on telephone poles on the statewide right-of-way that runs through Johnston. He said the contractor came in and told the scrapper they belonged to his company; they were called running blocks and they were used to string electrical cable. He said they were working and they cost $767 and $1,030 respectively, much more than the $19.20 and $21.60 the scrapper paid to the suspect. Patrolman Stephen Altomari released the blocks to the contractor and started looking for Robert A. Paulin, 46, of 84 Greenville Ave. Altomari said a record check indicated that Paulin had a number of past arrests and convictions on drug charges, fraud and sexual assault. Court records started with felony impersonating a police officer in 1988. Another officer went to North Providence the next day to take custody of Paulin, who had been picked up by that department earlier that day. Det. Anthony Sasso said Paulin told him he found the running blocks on Central Avenue and thought they had been discarded. He was later arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance.