On Aug. 3 at approximately 11:34 p.m., a Cranston Police Officer on routine patrol observed a black Buick sedan traveling west on Park Avenue operating in an erratic and reckless manner. The officer followed and observed violations consistent with driving under the influence and continued to monitor the vehicle as it traveled onto a side street off Park Avenue.
The officer determined that the vehicle posed a threat to public safety and attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time the vehicle attempted to elude him. The suspect vehicle then drove at another marked Cranston police unit head-on, narrowly avoiding a collision. Cranston officers continued to attempt to stop the vehicle as it continued onto Route 10 north where it struck a Cranston Police cruiser.
The Cranston officer was not injured. The suspect continued traveling Route 10 North on to Route 95 South as surrounding agencies including the RI State Police were called to assist. R.I. State Police joined in the pursuit in the area of Route 95 and Thurbers Avenue. Cranston Police on-duty supervisors called off all Cranston Officers once the pursuit neared Route 95 at Route 37. A short time later, Cranston Police were notified by R.I. State Police that the vehicle crashed and rolled over in the area of Route 95 South and Exit 7 in East Greenwich.
Two suspects were taken into custody and are being charged by the R.I. State Police for numerous charges including firearms and drug charges. The Cranston Police Department will be lodging charges against the operator Julio Calderone, 30, of 84 Farm St., Providence, for eluding a police officer during a high speed pursuit, second offense driving without/expired license and numerous traffic citations.
A Cranston Police Officer was on routine patrol traveling east on Park Avenue approaching Woodbine Street on August 4 at approximately 12:20 a.m. As the officer approached the intersection a 2007 Lexus sedan traveling south on Woodbine Street failed to stop and crossed Park Avenue, causing the cruiser to strike the passenger side of the Lexus who failed to yield. The Cranston Police Officer and the operator of the vehicle were transported to Rhode Island Hospital and have been released with minor injuries.
The operator of the vehicle Derrick In, age 23 of 2873 Highland Ave., Fall River, Massachusetts, was charged with driving after suspension, second offense, along with traffic summonses for operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance and obedience to stop sign.
The Cranston Police Department received a 911 call for the report of a person shot at 46 Frances Ave. on Aug. 4 around 12:55 AM. Officers located one male victim who sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his left hip and was subsequently transported to RI Hospital for treatment.
The victim and a potential witness were uncooperative and provided very few details about the incident. A witness known to the victim stated an unknown vehicle drove by 46 Frances Avenue and an unidentified suspect fired a weapon from the vehicle. It is believed that this was an isolated incident and the victim was the target of the shooting and may be gang related.
Cranston Police officers along with K9 units made a thorough check of the area and no suspects were located. The Cranston Police Department Special Investigations Unit and BCI Divisions responded to the scene to investigate. The name of the victim is not being released.
Those with any information are asked to contact the Cranston Police Department (401) 942-2211, through their smartphone app, or anonymously through “TipSoft” at www/tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On August 5 at just after midnight, Officers Cragin and McCoy arrested Joelle Cortellessa, 31, of 20 Dekalb St. Cranston, for driving under the influence second offense and reckless driving. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Elmwood Ave. and Sharon St. Cortellessa was also traveling with her 3-year-old child in the vehicle. She was held for arraignment in the morning as a probation violator. ASSAULT
Officer Lang arrested Esteban De La Cruz Alvarez, 21, of 329 Webster Ave., Cranston, on Aug. 3 at approximately 1:30 p.m. for simple assault and disorderly conduct. The arrest was the result of a call for service at 921 Cranston St.
SEX OFFENDER ADDRESS
On August 3 at 12:25 a.m. Officer Murray arrested Bruce Peavy, 64, of 30 Howard Ave. (Harrington Hall) Cranston, for a sexual offender address change. The arrest was the result of Providence Police turning him over to Cranston’s custody on an affidavit and arrest warrant. He was held for morning arraignment.
Jeffrey Scott Stevens, 29, of 56 Maple St, first floor, was arrested on Aug. 2 at 12:25 a.m. by Officer Corvese for a Superior Court Bench Warrant. His arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop in the area of 135 Gansett Ave., and he was later transferred to the ACI Intake.